BRI transparency boost / Indonesia water privatization / Bangladesh ex-CJ charged

China must ensure transparency to boost credibility of Belt and Road projects, former US diplomat says.  “It is in China’s interest to persuade the host countries to provide more transparency, you can’t force them but you can persuade them. For one thing, transparency is the enemy of corruption and corruption is the enemy of successful and financially sustainable projects”, said Russel, who served as the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 2013 to 2017.

Amanda Lee/South China Morning Post:


Water privatization polluted with corruption: Coalition.  Members of the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (KMMSAJ) handed 25 pieces of evidence to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to support their claims about the city’s water privatization policy, which the coalition claims is tainted with corruption and responsible for some Rp 2 trillion (US$141 million) in state losses.

The Jakarta Post:


Bangladesh charges former chief justice with graft.  The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a lawsuit against Surendra Kumar Sinha, Bangladesh’s former chief justice, and 10 others including a former bank chief executive on charges of graft, money laundering, and abuse of power.


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