Nepal improves ranking in global corruption index

Marsha Scott
February 24, 2018

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has released the 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), globally ranking Liberia at 122, out of a total of 180 countries with a CPI score of 31.

The country is ranked at 143 in the world moving only three places compared to a 2016 report by the same organization.

Pakistan's score is 32 in 2017, showing no change from the previous year when the score was 32.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed India at the 81 place.

More than two-thirds of countries scored below 50 on the index, and the average score was 43, said TI, which has more than 100 chapters worldwide.

Low, who is the minister in charge of governance, integrity and human rights, said the government acknowledged that the CPI results were a fair indication of the perceived level of public sector corruption within a country.

For Makati Business Club Executive Director Peter Angelo V. Perfecto, "t$3 he latest TI rankings should help government recalibrate its anti-corruption efforts and programs".

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Those that significantly reduced corruption are Belarus (+13), Greece (+12), South Sudan (+12), Guyana (+10), Latvia (+9), Senegal (+9), North Korea (+9), United Kingdom (+8), Seychelles (+8), Czech Republic (+8), Italy (+8) and Laos (+8). There seems to be a high variation in public sector corruption in the Asia Pacific region, as more than half the countries score less than 50 in the index.

Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) chairman Akhbar Satar when launching the CPI for 2017 today said the drop was due to Putrajaya's failure to resolve major corruption scandals, like 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Tabung Haji and Felda.

New Zealand secured the first position on the global ranking for 2017 with its score of 89, followed by Denmark with a score of 88, and Finland with a score of 85. The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. India was ranked 79th past year.

"It is very sad that whistleblowers get arrested and punished here when most other countries have tried to enact whistleblowing laws to protect them".

"Every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt", Transparency International said. If you don't comply with the whistleblowing policy and use the media to expose corruption, then you are not protected.

Other recommendations include ensuring political impartiality of the judiciary and law enforcement, creation of an independent anti-corruption agency, formation of a non-partisan civil service, and strengthening institutional independence of oversight and regulatory institutions.

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