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

Katrina Barker
February 23, 2018

Singapore has been ranked sixth in an annual ranking of countries that are considered least corrupt in 2017, moving up a notch from seventh position in 2016.

Previously, the country ranked 101st out of 176 nations in 2016, and 95th of 168 countries in 2015.

Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean were once again perceived as being among the world's most corrupt, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index released on February 21. The lowest ranking goes to Syria, South Sudan and Somalia with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. Asia Pacific region countries like India, Philippines and Maldives are among the worst regional offenders Limitation in press work and attack on the journalists have made these countries more prone to corruption.

It uses a scale of its kind under which countries are rated from 0 to 100 in terms of corruption. Sub-Saharan Africa (32), Eastern Europe (34) and Central Asia (34) were those lagging farthest behind. Not surprisingly, Western Europe was the least corrupt region of the world.

The analysis also incorporated data from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which showed that more than nine out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the index.

India has an index of just 40, same as the previous year.

Stephens said this clearly is not just a government matter, instead all sectors, from churches, businesses, civil society and citizens must make it their business to improve PNG's ranking. Legal frameworks and access to information are essential components of a healthy political system where citizens can play a role in demanding accountability and preventing corruption. "This is a good point of departure when Denmark in October gather around 25 countries and a number of worldwide organizations with the aim of strengthening global cooperation on fighting corruption", says Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs.

"In 2017 there wasn't even an outline of a systemic response to the problem; on the contrary, the old politicians who hold on to power sabotaged all attempts to take on the problem", says Bruno Brandão, a representative of Transparency International.

Transparency International stressed that the media are vital to combating corruption, calling for governments to encourage free speech and independent media.

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