PH falls in corruption index; ranks 111th out of 180 countries

23 February, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Ukraine earned 30 points out of a possible 100 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017 and took 130th position out of 180 countries. In 2016, India was ranked at 79, amongst 176 countries but its position has been falling steadily since 2013 on this world index.

The index measures perceived levels of public sector corruption globally, rating countries on a scale from zero, which is highly corrupt, to 100, which is very clean.

Similarly, in the 2017-2018 Rule of Law Index compiled by the World Justice Project, Singapore was ranked fourth for absence of corruption, coming out as the top Asian nation out of 113 countries.

This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.

Somalia is ranked at the bottom of the list, and having regressed from its only double-digit score in the last decade in 2016, is ranked ninth.

Nigeria's war on corruption may have suffered a setback, with the latest report released by the global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, indicating that the scourge is getting worse.

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TI noted that most countries were not doing enough to curb corruption as the rate of graft seemed to increase. In figures broken down according to world regions, Western Europe performed best with an average score of 66.

Large declines since 2012 included Syria, which dropped 12 points, Bahrain, which dropped 15, and St. Lucia, which dropped 16.

This means that over the past several years, experts' perception of public sector corruption in Georgia has not deteriorated.

"No activist or journalist should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption". Romania has maintained the same score as past year, namely 48.

Proposals made by Transparency International to improve the situation in the region includes putting in place laws and institutions that will prevent corruption from happening in the first place, reducing impunity for the corrupt, improving space for civil society to speak out and improving integrity and values.

Curran said the Labour-led government was also committed to reviewing and improving access to information, and had started work on human rights in the digital environment. "Specifically, governments must ensure access to information and the protection of fundamental freedoms and align these to global agreements and best practices", it stated further.

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