• September 29, 2008
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MB MP: Corrupt Regime Tarnishes Egypt’s Image Globally

In his statement to the bloc”s website, El-Sakhawi held the NDP regime responsible for the country”s poor level of transparency in combating corruption.

Al-Sakhawy explained that it is difficult for a regime that has formed a union with business tycoons and monopolists to disclose its associates” crimes and corruption scandals as this would be disclosure of its own corruption as well as combating it. 

Al-Sakhawy further explained that corruption and its concealment will not cease under a corrupt regime such as Egypt”s which has satiated its people with hunger and catastrophe adding that this corruption not only tarnishes the global image of Egypt, but also the Egyptian people.  Moreover, it also has an effect on the flow of foreign investments to Egypt.

In its 2008 annual report, Transparency International described Egypt as “closer to corrupt countries” indicating that Egypt fell ten ranks backwards as it ranked 115 with a score of 2.8 points after it had ranked 105 in the 2007 report.

The report said that Egypt“s corruption has created a dangerous barrier to development.  The good news, though, is that the problem of corruption is now being discussed publicly.

Egypt ranked 13 among the Middle East (ME) countries. Qatar topped the ME (6.5 points) and ranked 28 at the international level surpassing Spain, Israel, Italy, and other countries. The UAE came before Qatar (5.9 points), Oman (5.5 points), Bahrain (5.4 points), and Jordan (5.1 points), while Iraq scored the lowest (1.3 points) and ranked 178 internationally. The countries classified as having the highest levels of corruption included Somalia, Iraq, Burma, and Haiti.

Countries classified as “clear,” were Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand who all scored 9.3 points followed by Singapore (9.2 points). Countries that fell back in the 2008 report were Bulgaria, Norway, and Britain while Oman, Qatar, and Turkey advanced.

Since 1995, the non-governmental organization had been annually classifying countries” corruption levels according to analyses presented by an international group of businessmen, experts, and academians on a scale ranging from 10 for “clear” countries to 0 for “corrupt” countries.