Singapore moves up 1 spot, claims 6th place among least corrupt countries

Pauline Gross
February 23, 2018

Moreover, it is important to punish high level corrupt officials and influential civilians. However, while going down to 55 in 2016, it went up by one point in 2017. While India dropped two notches in the 2017 rankings, its score remained 40 - Transparency International scored India 38 in 2015 and 36 in 2013.

The CPI ranks countries by perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is the most corrupt.

Chair, Suzanne Snively, says "Transparency International's top CPI score for New Zealand reflects the integrity of our public servants".

Although the report did not address specific developments in Taiwan that contributed to last year's score, it gave four recommendations for regional improvement.

Britain was named the eighth least corrupt country alongside Canada, Luxembourg and the Netherlands while the U.S. was joint sixteenth along with Belgium and Austria. There 20 journalists died in the last six years after being targeted for their investigations into local government corruption and drug-related crimes.

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The countries which have improved their scores include Ivory Coast, Senegal and the United Kingdom.

The UAE improved its score on the index from 66 in 2016 to 71 in 2017, securing its position as the best performing Arab nation in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. Incorporating information from the World Justice Project, TI's analysis shows that most countries that score low for civil liberties also tend to score high for corruption.

The organisations called on the global community to take action to curb corruption and gave their top five recommendations. Governments should ensure that activists can speak freely throughout the region without fear of retaliation. In addition, global donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to worldwide organisations.

Australia's declining performance comes as the government cracks down on access to information and amid continued publicity about entitlement rorting by politicians, opaque political donations laws, inappropriate behaviour by lobbyists, and companies' creative use of Australia's taxation laws.

Transparency International Bangladesh Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman highlighted several aspects from the report at a media briefing in Dhanmondi on Thursday.

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