CORRUPTION is on the decline in Thailand. Or that is the conclusion you might draw from a survey done by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
The UTCC survey measures the Corruption Situation Index (CSI) in Thailand, and last December, it hit the highest score in six years – 55 compared to 49 the year before. A higher score indicates less perceived corruption in the country.
According to The Nation, the survey also saw a decline in the cost of bribes over the years. From 2010 to 2013, a bribe would cost roughly 25 to 35 percent of a project’s value. It was 5 to 15 percent in 2014, and then dropped to 1 to 15 percent last year.
This picture of improvement stands in contrast with Thailand’s performance in the recently released Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2015 report authored by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.
While Thailand did improve its standing to 76th place in the overall country ranking (from 85th in the previous year), its score (38) remained the same over both years – indicating no improvement. It is likely that other countries slipped in their scores, automatically elevating Thailand’s rank.
Corruption remains a major issue and a hot topic in the Land of Smiles. Last month, student activists were arrested over their involvement in protests against Rajabhakti Park – a billion-baht military project that has been embroiled with allegations of corruption.
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