(December 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In the annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) just released, Sri Lanka has increased its score by 0.1 from last year to reach 3.3 points.
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 Index, though perceptional, has been accepted as the most recognized and often- quoted international index on corruption. Some 183 countries have been assessed and Sri Lanka was assigned the 86th position.
Sri Lanka is placed together with four other countries Bulgaria, Panama, Jamaica and Serbia – all with a score of 3.3. The score indicates that these countries continue to face serious issues of corruption.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), now in its 16th year, assesses countries in terms of the degree to which business people and country analysts perceive corruption to exist among public officials and politicians. Corruption Perceptions Index 2011: The results the index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses data from multiple surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest).
Corruption continues to plague too many countries around the world, according to Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released today. It shows some governments failing to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making.
Transparency International warns that protests around the world, often fuelled by corruption and economic instability, clearly demonstrate the citizens perception that their leaders and public institutions are neither sufficiently transparent nor accountable.
Two thirds of assessed countries scored less than 5. New Zealand ranks first, followed by Finland and Denmark. Somalia and North Korea (included in the index for the first time), are the last.
In the sub-region, except for Bhutan with a score of 5.7, Sri Lanka’s neighbouring countries have failed to record a significant improvement. India’s score is 3.1 while Bangladesh (2.7), Pakistan (2.5) Maldives (2.5), and Nepal (2.2) continue to be below 3.0.
“This year we have seen corruption on protestors’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.