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No progress for Romania in Corruption Perception Index

23 February 2018, 04:24 | Colleen Roy

SUPPLIED Open Government Minister Clare Curran says NZ shouldn't become complacent when it comes to corruption

Open Government Minister Clare Curran says NZ shouldn't become complacent when it comes to corruption

The list is topped by New Zealand with a score of 89.

The Corruption Perception Index 2017 prepared by the famed Transparency International has given a score of 84 to Singapore. The country is followed closely by Denmark, which has a 2017 score of 88.

Akhbar said a low CPI score will negatively affect a country's reputation for economic viability, especially for foreign investors.

In total, perceptions of corruption in 14 of the 30 countries surveyed in Latin America and the Caribbean worsened in 2017, while perceptions improved in 11 countries and stayed the same in five, according to the survey.

Jamaica's Caricom neighbour Barbados, has been ranked the least corrupt country in the English-speaking Caribbean with a ranking of 25. The study, released on Wednesday, includes 180 countries.

National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said Thailand's score had dropped in three assessment sources involving politics and democracy.

T&T is now ranked 77th, with a score 41 - also an improvement from its score of 35 in 2016.

NZ has once again been ranked the least country in the world
TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL NZ has once again been ranked the least country in the world

Rwanda leads the pack among countries within the East African Community (EAC) with a score of 55 at position 48 while the troubled country of Burundi tails the region as the worst performer in the graft perceptions index posting 22 points at position 157 in the world.

Bangladesh's score improved two points from the previous year. In addition, a year ago the Lebanese parliament ratified the national budget for the first time since 2005.

This data shows a different image of global corruption than the Tax Justice Network's Financial Secrecy Index, released January 30th, which points to countries like the United States, Switzerland and Hong Kong as problematic.

Canada and Britain were tied with Luxembourg and the Netherlands for eighth place, while Germany claimed 12th. The UK also gained a point after seeing the same score in 2016 and 2015. India's rank has fallen two notches to 81 in 2017 from 79 in 2016.

The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. Syria, which is now in an armed conflict that began back in 2011, has seen the third biggest drop since 2012.

The EIU's Country Risk Rating's assignment of the same score as past year could reflect the perception that abuses of the state budget are an ongoing problem, although budget transparency has improved, Worawit noted.

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