Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:36:26 PM
Vice-president: the history behind corruption cases have to be studies and announced publicly.

Vice-president and head of the administrative and recruitment organization in a conference on "fight against corruption in Iran: strategy evaluation and measurements of Iran" explained and evaluated all actions taken to fight corruption in the last 20 days.

He began his speech by stating: "as someone who has been involved with the new phase of fight against corruption which started over ten years ago in different managerial and legislative positions, I was in charge of developing the national plan on the fight against corruption, this plan was developed and the necessary decisions on its implementation were made. I was also a player when the law for fight against corruption was passed and currently in the administrative and recruitment organization I am responsible to execute the plan on enhancing administrative health."

He added: we have been very successful at providing relevant literature on fight against corruption and enhancing administrative health in cooperation with management, law and economics schools. Nevertheless, there has been a lag in taking necessary actions.

As one of the key reasons for the failure in fight against corruption he mentioned "the gap between corruption perception and corruption reality" and added" one of our biggest problems is that corruption reality is overwhelmed by corruption perception."

He continued: theorists consider this phenomenon normal. However, in our country this is a bigger problem than in other countries. In fact, executives' approaches to this problem, reflection of the concept in the media and elite's comments have paved the way for the people to have an exaggerated view on the subject than what it really should be." According to a survey which was conducted two years ago 76% of the public and 88% of the elite believed the corruption rate in the country is very high. When asked if there has been a change in corruption rate, 68% believed there has been a rise and 82% believed there is not a serious will to bring the offenders accountable.

He considered politicization of fight against corruption as one of the main issues in this regard and clarified: there is a history behind this trend. In the second Pahlavid era fight against corruption was raised in three phases which were announced during the period when there was monetary abundance and these programs where used as a method to defeat the political rivals which appears to be similar to what we have experiences in the last 20 years.

He also counted "lack of consideration for the role of political power structure in rent-seeking and therefore paving the way for corruption, is a big hindrance in fight against corruption." Each lawsuit has a political background which is being ignored. If we do not stop exercising power by political movements which inhibit fight against fight against corruption and rent-seeking, our measurements will never be fruitful.  If we are serious in this fight the background to each corruption case has to be studied and announced publicly."

He pointed out the lack of integrity and efficiency in the procedures developed to fight against corruption and stated: "unfortunately all the actions are conducted by councils and headquarters, and each are following up their activities separately. The first consequence this approach brings about is that their line agencies will benefit from a semi-legal immunity. Whereas in successful countries, the procedures have been centralized and integral which provides enough authority to fight against each corruption case as definitive as possible even in legislative, judicial and executive powers.

In the end he emphasized: "if we do not try to paint a proper picture of corruption reality, the majority of our plans will be useless. Moreover, we will not witness improvement in this field if we only highlight specific corruption cases in order to merely defeat our political rivals. Finally, he emphasized that without an efficient structure with integrity we won't be able to move any further and the measurements taken by the government in enhancing executive organizations' administrative health will be of no avail.   

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