Oct. 27 – China came in at 78th and India at 87th out of the 178 territories ranked in Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released on Tuesday.
Using a compilation of 13 surveys and assessments undertaken by international bodies such as the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the 2010 CPI measures the degree to which public sector corruption is perceived to exist in 178 of the world’s regions, scoring each territory on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean).
Over 75 percent of the nations included in the index received scores below 5 and China and India were no exception, earning scores of 3.5 and 3.3 respectively.
“These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe. With the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments’ commitments to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability must speak through their actions. Good governance is an essential part of the solution to the global policy challenges governments face today,” Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International, said in a company press release yesterday.
The gap between China and India has also increased in this year’s edition of the annual report, with China improving from 79th position in 2009 to 78th in 2010 while India fell from 84th in 2009 to 87th in 2010. Both countries, though, have seen their integrity scores decrease by 0.1 points.
“India has gone down in the ranking as well as integrity score and this is a matter of concern and regret. It appears that the level of governance has not improved despite India having a skilled set of administrators,” said Transparency International India Chairman PS Bawa.
According to the report, Somalia (1.1), Afghanistan (1.4), Myanmar (1.4) and Iraq (1.5) are perceived as the most corrupt countries in the world while Denmark (9.3), New Zealand (9.3) and Singapore (9.3) are perceived as the least corrupt.