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A photo of the landscape from the Dushanbe Hyatt Hotel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Reforms help Tajikistan look to the future.

On Corruption’s Front Lines

April 2010, Number 01.02

“The Central Asian Republics are looking for foreign investors to help boost their ailing economies. As a result, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are reaching out to Russia, China and the West for that help.

Historically, endemic corruption has plagued the region and dissuaded foreign investors in Central Asia, and while some countries are taking steps to fight corruption, it has not been a quick process.

It is widely accepted that curbing corruption will not only improve each nation’s economic status but will contribute to good governance and stability in the affected countries. “Globally and nationally, institutions of oversight and legal frameworks that are actually enforced, coupled with smarter, more effective regulation, will ensure lower levels of corruption,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International, or TI, a nongovernmental organization fighting to end corruption worldwide. “This will lead to a much needed increase of trust in public institutions, sustained economic growth and more effective development assistance.”

The most impoverished of the Central Asian nations, Tajikistan’s economy depends on cotton and aluminum exports, as well as remittances sent from Tajik workers abroad, roughly 1 million of whom work outside the country...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “On Corruption's Front Lines,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 44-46.

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