TIAC presented the findings of TI 2013 CPI
On December 3, 2013 Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center presented the results of Transparency Internationalís (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2013. More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean). Armeniaís CPI score in 2013 is 36. Compared to the previous year it improved by 2 points and now it shares 94-101 places in the ranking table compared to 105-112 places of the last year. Looking at the six data sources used to calculate Armeniaís CPI score this year the mentioned improvement took place exclusively due to one of those sources, namely The World Bank, whose 2012 Country Policy and Institutional Assessment for Armenia substantially improved.
From Warsaw to Vilnius: electoral standards
On November 22, 2013 Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center took part in Public Discussion "From Warsaw to Vilnius: at the crossroads - Armenia and Georgia" and made presentation on "Electoral Standards." He presented TIAC report, which was based on the analysis of the key elections held in the 2012-2013 electoral cycle: 2012 parliamentary elections, 2013 presidential elections, and 2013 Yerevan City Council elections identifying the key issues and factors that had a major impact on the election's outcome. He came to the conclusion that integration into European civilization is impossible without free and fair elections. Thus, it is necessary to have genuine dialogue with EU to improve the current situation.
Reducing corruption risks is not reducing corruption
Referring to Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyanís statement that Armenia could once again become eligible to apply to Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency for a compact since it had improved performance score on its weakest policy indicator - control of corruption by reducing corruption risks, RA Minister of Justice Hrayr Tovmasyan said that corruption risks had been actually reduced in recent years and called to distinguish between "reducing" the risk of corruption and "public perception." In that regard Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center in his talk to 168.am emphasized the importance of perception.
TI 2013 Annual Membership Meeting in Berlin
Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director and Khachik Harutyunyan, Expert of Transparency International Anticorruption Center participated in Transparency International global anticorruption movementís Europe and Central Asia Regional meeting held on November 7 and TI Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) in Berlin between November 9 and 10, 2013. AMM brought together TI representatives from more than 100 countries to discuss the way forward in the fight against corruption. TI-Chair Huguette Labelle addressed TIís 20th anniversary in opening plenary and TI-Vice Chair Akere Muna chaired "No Impunity for corruption-why does it matter?" plenary.
Transparency International marked the 20th anniversary of its founding
Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director and Khachik Harutyunyan, Expert of Transparency International Anticorruption Center participated in a number of events in Berlin organized by Transparency International. They attended a conference marking the 20th anniversary of TI founding and Integrity Awards ceremony held on November 8, 2013. TI Integrity Award winners were Rafael Marques de Morais from Angola and Luo Changping from China. Their stories inspire all to work tirelessly to rid the world of corruption and protect those who have the courage to confront it, no matter the consequences.
Interactive workshop: Policy Research, Technology and Advocacy Converge
Sona Ayvazyan, Deputy Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in "Policy Research, Technology, and Advocacy Converge @ the HUB" interactive workshop in Prague, held between 7-8 of November 2013, organized by the Think Tank Fund with Open Society Fund Prague and Google. The event brought together think tankers, business representatives, data journalists, etc. to explore strategy and management, learning and evaluation, lifecycles of data products and to share the lessons learned from innovative projects.