Transparency International released the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019)
- The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.
- It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
- The top countries are New Zealand and Denmark, with scores of 87 each, followed by Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85) and Switzerland (85).
- The bottom countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Syria with scores of 9, 12 and 13, respectively.
- India’s ranking has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the previous year. Its score of 41 out of 100 remains the same.
- China has improved its position from 87 to 80 with a score of 41 out of 100.
- In the Asia Pacific region, the average score is 45, after many consecutive years of an average score of 44, which “illustrates general stagnation” in the region.
Source : The Hindu