Tim Ash on Ukraine’s place in TI's Corruption Perception Index

2018/2/22 12:56:56

Ash: Progress has been made with gas price reform, e-declarations, reform of VAT refunds, prozorro, but much more needs to be done, and perhaps the ACC [Anti-Corruption Court] could be the game changer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONDON, Feb 22, 2018: Transparency International has released its latest Corruption Perceptions Index that rates 180 countries. From his vantage point in the City of London, Timothy Ash of Bluebay Asset Management offered his comments on the index and Ukraine’s place on it at 12:00 Noon today:

 

Interesting read, underlines the problems/challenges. Ukraine's score is a one point improvement YOY, and +4 since 2014 and the Euromaidan, but ranking still only 130/180, on par with Iran, Myanmar and Sierra Leone, but five notches higher than Russia. And of Transition countries only Russia, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen rank worse. I guess of its closer comparables Turkey ranks 81, Serbia 77, Bulgaria 71 and Belarus 61. The top ranked transition economy is Estonia at 21, Slovenia at 34, Poland 36, and Saakashvili's Georgia at 46 rank, albeit its "score" has deteriorated from 49 in 2013, to 56 this year (a lower score means a lower ranking, I.e. Towards the 180).

 

https://www.transparency.org/news/feat ... ceptions_index_2017#table

 

Guess for Ukraine the score/ranking just underlines the challenge, and the slow progress still being made. Much more needs to be done, if Ukraine is going to be able to challenge to attract foreign and domestic investment when corruption is a key factor undermining the business environment. Progress has been made with gas price reform, e-declarations, reform of VAT refunds, prozorro, but much more needs to be done, and perhaps the ACC [Anti-Corruption Court] could be the game changer.

 

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