China, India and Myanmar have announced plans to tackle endemic corruption which has beset development.
China’s President Xi Jinping has announced plans to decentralise authority in China, which should create more transparency in state operations and shed light on corrupt practices.
Meanwhile in India, a regional anti-corruption office in Pune is developing a network of sources within government offices to pass information on potential corruption back to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Burmese President Thein Sein has recommended 15 people – mostly former military officers – to head up Myanmar’s anti-corruption commission. The commission was formed following the passage of an Anti-Corruption Law and will function independently of legislative, judicial and administrative branches of government. President Sein told the press that while he he doubts it is possible to wipe out corruption in Burma, having a commission should help to reduce, rather then eliminate, corruption.