YEREVAN, December 3. /ARKA/. Corruption in public sector is a big trouble to Armenia despite some steps taken by the authorities, Varuzhan Hoktanyan, executive director of Transparency International regional development center’s Armenian office, said Tuesday at a news conference.
He said Armenia has improved its standing in the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) compiled annually by the Berlin-based Transparency International rising to the 94th position among 177 countries.
“Armenia’s government seeks improvement of the country’s positions in some international rankings, but it is necessary to combat corruption persistently, and political will is needed for that,” he said.
As an example, he pointed out things in Georgia, where the situation has improved a great deal in mid-2000s thanks to the political decisions made by the authorities.
As for Armenia, no changes are seen here despite some steps aimed at lessening corruption, such as introduction of e-government.
“Even leadership replacement not necessarily leads to corruption perception index improvement in countries – only political will is necessary to set up goals and to make every effort to reach them,” Hoktanyan said.
The CPI, released annually, scores and ranks the world’s countries and territories according to the perceived corruptness of their public sectors. The CPI is a composite index based on a “combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions,” according to an information sheet released alongside the 2013 rankings. ----0---