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Trends in Corruption

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In Pakistan corruption seems to be a way of life in business according to the Business Corruption Portal (n. d.), and it makes problems for people doing business in this country. Anyone who does business here whether they are in meetings with public officials or business meetings, people doing business will be confronted with bribes. According to this report, 40% of all businesses in Pakistan say that bribes are a major concern when they are attempting to do business. Also, businesses who report bribery state that it is the "3rd most problematic factor for doing business in the country" (Business Corruption Portal, "Pakistan") and it is  possibly due to "poor infrastructure and inefficient government bureaucracy. " (Business Corruption Portal, "Pakistan").

Most of the corruption comes from the police, the power sector and tax authorities. These three entities will demand that the business give bribes for regular services and the police are prone to "give out bogus fines. " Companies that import-export here are susceptible to "corruption in tax and customs" (Business Corruption Portal, "Pakistan" ). In fact, foreign investors have to find local agents within the country to act on their behalf to get through the bureaucracy of the country.

The challenge is that investors are also liable for the money that their agents give in bribes, so anyone doing business in this country is advised to do a due diligence study before they commit funds. Mexico (most corrupt/low integrity) Mexico represents a well-developed infrastructure in their county that attracts foreign investment. The former president, Vicente Fox pursued aspects of the free market by "liberal regulatory regime and political commitment to improve the business climate" (Business Corruption Portal, "Mexico").

The biggest aspect of business for Mexico is private companies and the new president, Felipe Calderon has continued the friendly business policies that Fox started. There are still problems with a drug-related crime, and " disproportionate distribution of wealth" as well as high levels of corruption in other places that Mexico still has to deal with as strong challenges (Business Corruption Portal, "Mexico").  

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