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Djibouti - Corruption

The law provides criminal penalties for official corruption, but the government did not implement such laws effectively, and officials engaged in corrupt practices with impunity. According to the World Banks most recent Worldwide Governance Indicators, government corruption was a serious problem. There were reports of government corruption during 2014.

The government internally disciplined high-level civil servants for corruption, although there were no legal charges or media coverage. The government continued an initiative begun in 2012 to rotate accountants among government offices as a check on corruption. The Court of Accounts, the supreme state financial control body, and the State Inspectorate General (IG) were responsible for combating corruption and conducting public expenditure audits to promote transparency. The law requires the court and the IG to report annually, but both entities lacked resources, and reporting seldom occurred. Radio Television Djibouti continued to broadcast twice a week, in four languages, anticorruption public service announcements developed in conjunction with the IG.

U.S. firms have not specifically noted corruption as an obstacle to direct investment in Djibouti but there were allegations of foreign companies having to meet requirements such as renting houses of high dignitaries or hiring certain employees as a condition of receiving government procurement contracts. Djibouti is a signatory country of the UN Convention against Corruption and has laws and regulations prohibiting corrupt practices. Nonetheless, prosecution and punishment for corruption is rare.

It is very common for law enforcement officers to request fees for services that should be provided without charge, particularly with the immigrant population. It is also known that law enforcement will sell fuel from their own official vehicles for profit. Such improper actions appear to be standard operating procedure for Djibouti's poorly paid law enforcement officers.

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