Sri Lanka has been listed in a new reports among countries at “very high risk” of corruption in the defence sector.
The report compiled by Transparency International UK found that Germany and Australia are the only countries that have strong anti-corruption mechanisms with measures in place such as robust parliamentary oversight of defence policy, stringent standards expected of defence companies, and accountable intelligence services.
The report said that Sri Lanka exhibits flaws in the field of finance, and corruption risk there is exacerbated by centralised presidential control, limited opportunity for scrutiny, and a lack of transparency.
The “very high risk” countries are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
Countries worse than “very high risk” countries are listed as countries at “critical risk” and they are Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Syria and Yemen. (Colombo Gazette)