Islamabad - Pakistan has witnessed improvement by four notches, from 126th to 122nd position, in Corruption Perception Index 201617 as compared to previous year, says annual global competitiveness report of WEF.

The report was presented to Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry by a representative of World Economic Forum (WEF).

According to NAB, the country’s anticorruption policies are yielding better results and its ranking has been improving for the last three years. He said the NAB officials are putting in their all energies and taking all possible measures to uproot the menace of corruption from the society. “As a result of these measures, the position is improving,” he remarked. He said the Global Competitiveness Index of WEF would help improve Pakistan’s image among the comity of nations.

The chairman NAB said that corruption affects the common man, describing the general public ‘worst sufferers’ when the funds supposed to be utilized for their welfare are misappropriated. “So, the improvement in Pakistan’s ranking, will be ultimately beneficial for the common man as the funds meant for their welfare and wellbeing will be utilized for provision of basic facilities including health, education and clean drinking water to them,” he added.He said the improvement in WEF report would also reflect in the corruption perception index of the Transparency International. He said Pakistan’s efforts for establishing the SAARC Anticorruption Forum were highly appreciated by the member states.

Chaudhary said heads of anticorruption agencies of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, who attended the three-day conference recently hosted by NAB here, had appreciated Pakistan’s expertise in curbing the monster of corruption. “Pakistan is playing a leadership role among the SAARC countries in fight against corruption,” he added.

The WEF representative Amir Jahangir said the important aspect of the report is that the institutions, which undertaken reforms and communicated well with the stakeholders, have shown great improvements.

The report analysis showed that Pakistan’s institutions including Intellectual Property Organization, Judicial Independence, Police Services, Auditor General of Pakistan Revenues, National Highways Authority, Pakistan Railways, Civil Aviation Authority, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, National Vocational and Technical Training

Commission, Competition Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Customs, State Bank of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Trade Development Authority have progressed.