4 December, 2020

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Sri Lanka Placed 79th In Global Corruption Perception Index

By Transparency International –

In the annual Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) just released by Transparency International (TI), Sri Lanka has scored 40 points and is placed in the 79th position among 176 countries.

Among the South Asian Countries Sri Lanka ranks second above India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Only Bhutan has fared better than Sri Lanka. In Asia Pacific region Sri Lanka is ranked number 11.

Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.

Since Sri Lanka has scored below 50, it is apparent that the country is yet among those who were unable to minimize the level of corruption in the public sector. Thus Transparency International Sri Lanka believes there is a need to strengthen the anti – corruption mechanisms in Sri Lanka.

The Index, which focuses on corruption in the public sector, is conducted by Transparency International (TI), the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption. The CPI, though perceptional, has been accepted as the most recognized and often quoted international index on corruption.

A release issued by Transparency International states: “A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world.”

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people,” said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International.

“After a year of focus on corruption, we expect governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 results demonstrate that societies continue to pay the high cost of corruption,” Labelle said.

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behavior of those in public positions. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again cling to the bottom rung of the index. In these countries the lack of accountable leadership and effective public institutions underscore the need to take a much stronger stance against corruption.

This year Transparency International has changed the methodology for the Corruption Perceptions Index, allowing for year-over-year comparisons for all editions published from 2012 onward.

Governments should hear the global outcry against corruption

A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world.

Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people,” said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International.

“After a year of focus on corruption, we expect governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 results demonstrate that societies continue to pay the high cost of corruption,” Labelle said.

Many of the countries where citizens challenged their leaders to stop corruption –from the Middle East to Asia to Europe – have seen their positions in the index stagnate or worsen.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2012: The results

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again cling to the bottom rung of the index. In these countries the lack of accountable leadership and effective public institutions underscore the need to take a much stronger stance against corruption.

Underperformers in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 also include the Eurozone countries most affected by the financial and economic crisis. Transparency International has consistently warned Europe to address corruption risks in the public sector to tackle the financial crisis, calling for strengthened efforts to corruption-proof public institutions.

“Corruption is the world’s most talked about problem,” stated Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International. “The world’s leading economies should lead by example, making sure that their institutions are fully transparent and their leaders are held accountable. This is crucial since their institutions play a significant role in preventing corruption from flourishing globally,” de Swardt said.

Background

This year Transparency International has updated the methodology for the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012.To reflect this the Corruption Perceptions Index is presented on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

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    Guardian has missed a point..:)..The so called big democracies, USA is ranked 19 and UK ranked 17 would have thought these guys should be at the top when preaching to others…

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      @Mark
      USA ranked 19 and UK 17 is still better than The Wonder of Asia ranked 40. :) Also do not forget that the US has a population of 311 million plus and the UK has 62 million plus. Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million. In comparison, Australia which is ranked 7th has a population of 22 million. Don’t also forget that all the first world countries where there is democracy and the rule of law are ranked in the top 25. Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal that are ranked far behind Sri Lanka have much larger populations than Sri Lanka.

      The longer the Rajapaksas’ rule this country, the further down the ranking this country will go.

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        *Typo “The Wonder of Asia ranked 79 and not 40.

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    The wonder of Asia. Amazing with 568 family members robbing the country silly, we have not gone to the last place!!!

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    What would one expect when Sri Lanka’s president is an aid thief who stole the money intended for the poor Tsunami affected people.

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    I am pretty sure TI has missed huge number of Corruptions – those that happen very stealthily as well as a many day-light-highway-robberies. If all of them were considered SL would be below 150 in the rank somewhere between Papua New Guinea and North Korea.

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    pl letme know media director shan wijetungas salary from transparency and how much he got from norad we have reports shame

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    Transparency International
    It’s good that you have brought this ‘Global Corruption Perception’ Index in to lime light. But tell us, where is that ‘Failed State’ index that you guys were drumming just a few years back beckoning R2P angels to intervene? Don’t tell me it has been fizzled out.
    Leela

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      Leela and the like minded folks will realize soon – what kind of a state ours has been. Anyway my question is even if these kind fractions in our society seems to be seeing the corruption in others but not related to MR – though the latter is easily noticeable by any young ones.

      Leela works with Daily news.

      Leela DONT bring any other references to her sort of bankem about the current CJ related charges.

      Leela just ignore everything but always being very bound to MR and the gangs.

      This is the nature of this kind peoples in our society, but as someone has made it clear. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE LYING TO THE SAME FOLK…

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    Srilanka ranking

    90 in 2006,

    94 in 2009,

    84 in 2001 and ,

    79 in 2012.

    Not bad for a country, ravaged by a 30 year insurrection and all terrorist needs were smuggled in including aircrafts.

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    Big mouth India is no 94 hoooooooo…..

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