A report just published by the World Bank, IMF, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the economic progress of the seven poorest CIS countries describes Kyrgyzstan as the most corrupt of the seven, akipress.org reported on 23 April. The so-called CIS Seven are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The report asserts that, on average, firms in Kyrgyzstan spend 3.8 percent of their income on bribes. The figure was based on data obtained during a survey of the business climate by the EBRD and World Bank. The report notes that, in general, managers in the seven poorest CIS countries said some aspects of the investment climate, including the extent of corruption, have improved since the first overview was done in 1999, with the only country registering increased corruption being Kyrgyzstan. The report states that further World Bank loans to Kyrgyzstan will depend on improvements in governance. The bank is expected to appoint permanent advisers on reform of the management of state expenditures for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia this year.
Eurasianet, April 24, 2003