Graft within Bangladesh shipping attacked

Four NGOs in Bangladesh are calling for management at the nation’s Shipping Ministry to be forced to publish their bank statements in a bid to fight massive corruption seen within the government body.

The four organisations point out that nothing has been done to fight the systematic corruption dogging the department despite repeated exposes in the local media.

“Many media also revealed the names of the officers and staff involved in corrupt practices. Unfortunately, no action has been taken against the accused for unknown reasons,” a statement read.

The organisations also hit out at certain officers who were holding down three or four roles, against government protocol.

Graft within the shipping sector is holding the nation back economically, the four organisations stated.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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