When corruption comes to life


Over a thousand people died, and thousands were injured when Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013. Transparency International (TI) Bangladesh stated at the time that there were few mechanisms in place to ensure that building inspectors were not bribed by owners to "overlook" faults in buildings.

Also in Norway, we have had serious corruption cases where the consequences could be fatal. In the corruption case in Teaching building Among other things, fictitious invoices were issued for maintenance and repairs of school buildings that were never carried out. It could have gone much worse.

What about Beirut?

Now it's the hard hit population in Lebanon who asks if corruption could be the cause of the tragic explosion at the port of Beirut: Who owned the 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, and who allowed it to be stored for six years without proper security measures in a warehouse in the middle of the densely populated capital? Many questions remain unanswered, but the fact that the corruption challenges in the country are enormous is well documented.

The estimate of Julien Courson, leader of the Lebanon Transparency Association (TI Lebanon), is that Lebanon annually loses two billion dollars in corruption. Transparency International survey Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) from 2019 confirms the picture. As many as 80 per cent say that they have little or no trust in the government (which has now resigned), and 41 per cent of those who have been in contact with public authorities in the last 12 months have. . .

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