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  • Reply to: Syrian refugee teens building a better future with technology   10 hours 48 min ago

    Very nice. Good to see this in work

  • Reply to: Unveiling the scale of tax fraud in Tunisia   10 hours 58 min ago

    Many thanks to Narayan and Belkis for their respective observations on Nepal and the importance of transparency.

    As for Jean-Pierre, many thanks for your comment as well – last Friday was indeed a very dark day for all Tunisians and their honored guests. Yet let me emphasize that the date of publication of this new report is entirely unrelated to the awful attack in Sousse (please note that the report was released before this event took place). We are deeply saddened by this attack, and our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

    Further, our aim was not to accuse individuals, but rather to point out the pitfalls in postponing reforms that limit the scope for reducing opportunistic behavior and reduce corruption. In spite of increased access to information and institutional reforms that promote inclusive governance, Tunisia still has some way to go in getting rid of the dysfunctional policy infrastructure instituted during the Ben Ali era that was in part designed to facilitate evasion. The World Bank is working with the Tunisian government to help them institute policies that help the poor and can catalyze growth. For example, our colleagues who are working with customs are helping them limit fraud. The new study on tariff evasion helps them identify systemic vulnerabilities by documenting how evasion happened, which can in turn help improve the design of policies to reduce tax evasion (and thus generate much needed funds for the Tunisian government which can be used to help the poor).

  • Reply to: Unveiling the scale of tax fraud in Tunisia   1 day 18 hours ago

    Once again, the WBG is totally insensitive to the circumstances prevailing in the country to share this info.

  • Reply to: Unveiling the scale of tax fraud in Tunisia   3 days 10 hours ago

    It is all about transparency. People governed under any regime may see corruption as a right if and when it is sort of embedded in the daily life. Then the ruling party opts to grasp the whole network by themselves rather then rehabilitation and/or the correction of the yes the corruption then democratized. The way out is to make the whole system so simple to understand and trace with full transparency. Apple may be an ideal example of such an app

  • Reply to: Unveiling the scale of tax fraud in Tunisia   3 days 22 hours ago

    Yes, that is perfectly possible. In Nepal, every political changes have spurred corruption. In early 1950s when the country abolished Rana oligarchy and established parliamentary democracy, corruption increased leading to the drafting of anticorruption law. Similar phenomenon was observed again in 1990s when the country reinstated multiparty democracy that was snatched away by the King in 1960. It does not mean that monarchy regime (1960-1990) was free of corruption. Corruption became democratized after 1990 - meaning a free for all activity. The political change in 2006 institutionalized corruption.