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Corruption seen least problematic in 5 years | Bangkok Post

22 มกราคม 2558, 9:50 น.
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Corruption seen least problematic in 5 years | Bangkok Post

Corruption seen least problematic in 5 years

Corruption was seen as a problem by the fewest number of people in five years during the second half of last year, according to a survey released Thursday by University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

UTCC president Saowanee Thairungroj the university's semi-annual corruption index improved from 46 points in June to 49 in December thanks to anti-graft efforts by the junta and private sector. She said the index likely would hit 50 in the future.

The university surveyed 2,400 people nationwide with 91% saying corruption was not a common problem, that they opposed it and were ready to join anti-corruption efforts.

Mrs Saowanee also said that the survey found the kickbacks that businesses had to pay to secure contracts with the government dropped to 5%-15% of project costs, compared with 15%-25% in June and 25%-35% between 2010 and 2013.

Thanavath Phonvichai, director of the UTCC's Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting, said the Corruption Situation Index hit its highest mark in five years and the situation was showing significant improvement.

Respondents said that the percentage of kickbacks they paid plunged as the private sector and the National Council for Peace and Order seriously tackled corruption, he said.



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