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‘Corruption creates unemployment, young people suffer badly’

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Staff Reporter Deputy Country Director of UNDP in Bangladesh Nick Beresford has said corruption leads to creating unemployment and the young people suffer badly as a consequence. “Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately,” he said speaking about the impact of corruption on society. Beresford was speaking at an interactive event with young volunteers representing different youth activist organizations at the Russian Cultural Centre on Tuesday evening marking the International Anti-Corruption Day 2014. Dr Nasiruddin Ahmed, Commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission, and Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of Transparency International - Bangladesh, were present as special guests. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh arranged the event attended by around 200 young people who also participated in an anti-corruption rally and a social media campaign to stand against corruption. The slogan for the Anti-Corruption Day this year was ‘Break the corruption chain’. Nasiruddin Ahmed said that although the Anti Corruption Commission in Bangladesh was established only 10 years ago, it has achieved significant success in establishing a systematic procedure of taking action against corruption at every level of governance. Pointing out the opportunity cost of corruption in Bangladesh, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said Bangladesh loses 2.2 percent of its GNI (gross national income) due to petty corruptions at individual level. He hoped that the young people will take a stand against these practices. After the speeches, the present young volunteers participated in a lively question-answer session with the panel of guests. The commemoration event was concluded with a live concert by popular singer Shayan and folk-fusion group Joler Gaan.