Nigeria Rises On Corruption Perception Index - But 'More Needs To Be Done'

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"South Africa, with the score of 43 out of 100 and a rank of 73 out of 180 countries, is still ahead of its BRICS counterparts", he said.

Georgia led the way for the entire region with a score of 58, making it 41st on the list. These help to control corruption in some areas, but don't ensure the sustainable, anti-corruption infrastructures that are found in many full democracies.

Despite commitments from African Union leaders who declared 2018 as the African Year of Anti-Corruption last January, this year's CPI presents an unfavourable situation in Africa, with only eight of 49 countries scoring more than 43 out of 100 on the index.

It's overall ranking, however, remained unchanged.

"Italy has an important anti-corruption package, but there is still no regulation on lobbying and conflicts of interest", he added. Strong enforcement efforts are only part of a comprehensive and effective anti-corruption strategy.

TI cited few political rights, limited press freedoms and a weak rule of law as some of the factors for rampant corruption.

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Vietnam was involved in several recent corruption scandals involving Denmark, Japan and the US. In addition, more recently in 2017 the World Bank debarred a Danish consultant company for its involvement in bribing Vietnamese government officials. China was 87, India was 78th and Pakistan was placed at 117. "Our report comes at a time when governments around the world are having to pay greater attention to tackling corruption as the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - an ambitious set of 17 global goals - calls on governments to "substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms" (Goal 16.5)".

Corruption Watch said countries such as Seychelles and Botswana both had relatively well-functioning democratic and governance systems, which had contributed to their healthy positioning on the index. However, the CPI also showed that the United States is far from alone in its failures to fight corruption. "This is a bipartisan issue that requires a bipartisan solution". Anti-corruption laws should be strengthened and agencies governed by these laws should be able to easily prosecute the corrupt.

Asked if PH was doing well in combating corruption, Akhbar said it looked as if Mahathir was the main person driving the cause, and urged other PH ministers to up their game.

It makes use of surveys and assessments by reputable institutions.

An increasing number of democratic institutions are under threat globally and with the vast majority of countries registering little progress the situation is becoming increasingly dire, according to statements from those involved in compiling the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The country has been roiled by a political rebellion that has the backing of the USA and has drawn support from citizens who say they can't afford food and medicine under the economically ruinous policies of President Nicolás Maduro.

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