Rwanda has done it again. It has won another international accolade for efforts in the fight against corruption, getting special mention from the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) and the World Bank (WB).
Rwanda’s leadership prefer actions to speak for themselves. The country under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, has won numerous awards in various areas, including good governance, anti-corruption, a clean city (Habitat International award), the recent World Bank’s Doing Business report, the list is endless.
The commitment to fight corruption has been a national priority, in which the leadership has stood firm, a stance that has produced impressive results.
Transparency International (TI), in its 2009 Global Corruption Report, shows how corrupt practices constitute the force that undermines fair competition stifles economic growth and ultimately undermines business and trade.
It’s no surprise that the World Bank and the global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, hold Rwanda in high esteem, an example for other African nations to follow.
The key point in the latest report is the connection between corruption and national development. Countries plagued by corruption are likely to stagnate in growth while zero tolerance spurs economic development.
Rwanda has thrived in all sectors on the basis of this principle.
The commendation by TI and the WB should only make us even more resolute as a nation in maintaining the zero tolerance against the vice, and supporting the institutions responsible for fighting it.