Countries more corrupt in 2017, corruption watchdog reports

The latest Corruption Perceptions Index shows a decline in the performance of a number of countries in the perceived level of public sector corruption, a global survey noted.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017   Image: Transparency International
Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 Image: Transparency International

Whilst New Zealand and Denmark remain highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively, their scores were down from a score of 90 for both countries last year.

Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. 

The Philippines slipped to country ranked #111 with a score of 34 from 35. (Its highest score in the last five years was 38 in year 2014).

The CPI Index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. It is an annual survey by Transparency International, a Berlin-based global movement with chapters in more than 100 countries which has a vision of creating a “world free of corruption.”

This year also, Australia together with Hong Kong was ranked country #13 with a score of 77 from 79. The United States (#16) had improved its score to 75 from 74 last year.

The 2017 index released on February 21 found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. The worst performing regions were Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

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