PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 5) –Human rights organization Transparency International has listed Papua New Guinea among the most corrupt of 133 nations in a recent survey of world business leaders.

The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2003 ranked PNG at 121 — the 13th most corrupt among the countries surveyed.

The listing puts PNG in a cluster with Libya, Indonesia, Kenya and Angola. 

The index ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is alleged to exist among public officials and politicians.

Transparency International (PNG) spokeswoman Annie McPherson said PNG had many cases of corruption not only in government departments but in business houses as well. 

The index does not give the actual levels of corruption, rather it highlights a general perception from data such as court and media reports in exposing corruption. 

Speaking at the launch of the index recently, Transparency International Chairman Peter Eigen said those countries with a high degree of corruption should not be penalised since they urgently need support. 

"Rich countries must provide practical support to developing country governments that demonstrate the political will to curb corruption," she said. 

PNG ranks only behind countries such as Bangladesh, Nigeria, Haiti, Paraguay, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kenya and Indonesia.

November 5, 2003

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