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UAE ‘least corrupt country in Mena region’


Most Mena countries scored below 50 on Corruption Perception Index 2013

December 5, 2013 2:47 by

Qatar and the UAE are perceived to be the least corrupt countries in the Mena region, according to the results of the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

The annual index by Berlin-based Transparency International, which ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sectors are perceived to be, scored 177 countries and territories on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

As you would imagine, no country achieves a perfect score, but Denmark and New Zealand – both ranked at number one – came close, with a score of 91, an improvement from 90 in 2012. They’re closely followed by Finland, Sweden, Norway and Singapore.

The CPI 2013 found that 84 per cent of the region’s countries were scored below 50, while the average regional score was 37, compared with the global average of 43. In fact, two thirds of all surveyed countries score below 50, indicating that corruption is a worldwide problem.

The survey ranked the UAE at 26, up from 27 in 2012, with a score of 69, and Qatar at 28, with a score of 68. Saudi Arabia’s score (46), while relatively lower in comparison, was nevertheless an improvement from last year’s 44.

Other GCC states, including Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait, scored a ranking of 61, 57 and 69 respectively.

Somalia scored eight and was ranked at 175, making it the most corrupt country in the world.

The index is based on experts’ opinions of public sector corruption. The factors that contribute to the score include rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions, effective public institutions and accountability across the sector.

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