More severe penalties and the participation of the private and public sectors in inspecting state investment projects are the keys to curbing rampant corruption in Thailand, says the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
The latest UTCC survey found most businesses continued to pay kickbacks to state officials and politicians, in a range of 25-35% of the project value, despite growing campaigns for all parties to tackle the country's widespread corruption problem.
The UTCC's Corruption Situation Index (CSI) is based on 2,400 respondents in the business and government sectors, and the score was 39 points in December last year, down from 41 points in June. This level is regarded as critical, as above 40 is considered moderate. The closer a CSI score is to zero, the higher the level of corruption, while 100 shows high transparency and a lack of graft.
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