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Many social, cultural and political problems are rooted in economic corruption: VP
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_amiri20130430112636080.jpgTEHRAN – The vice president for executive affairs likens the fight against corruption to the fight in the way of Allah and says the causes of many social, cultural and political problems are rooted in economic corruption.  
Mohammad Shariatmadari made the remarks a speech to a conference on preventing economic corruption.
Pointing to the Supreme Leader’s decree in the fight against terrorism issued in 2001, he said even though the alarm was sounded 12 years ago. 
According to corruption perception index 2013, Iran’s status in terms of public sector corruption has decreased 56 marks over the past eight years and its rank is 144 among the 177 countries, he explained.
Only during the years 2012 and 2013 Iran’s ranking fell 11 points and “therefore we cannot take our head up”, he lamented.
Now only 31 countries which are either too poor or caught in a civil war which in terms of corruption are in worse situation than Iran and this shows that not only no serious efforts have been done to reduce corruption rather the situation has become worse, he added.
Economic corruption primarily targets the interest of poor and middle classes in society and exacerbates problems such as unemployment and social ills such as divorce, the former commerce minister stated. 
Establishing a competitive atmosphere, strengthening private sector, reforming the country’s regulations and administrative system, and fighting discrimination are among the most important tools to fight economic corruption and this entails the cooperation of all the three branches of government, he suggested.
In a surprise move on December 8, President Hassan Rouhani wrote a letter asking his first deputy Es’haq Jahangiri to take necessary measures to indentify and bring to justice those who through collusion and a misuse of the situation by gain lots of revenues illegally.
Shariatmadari said the fact that the president issued such a decree was that some financial scandals had happened in the previous months.
Transparency International recently released its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (“CPI”), which ranks countries based on “perceived levels of public sector corruption.” Despite ongoing anticorruption enforcement efforts worldwide and growing attention to corruption risks, the CPI showed few significant year-overyear changes and little overall improvement in transparency. Once again, more than two-thirds of the 177 countries ranked in 2013 scored below 50 on a scale of 0 (“highly corrupt”) to 100 (“very clean”).1

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