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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Sept. 28) – Solomon Islands ranks very poorly in an International Corruption Perception Index.

The corruption perception index released by Transparency International yesterday has ranked Solomon Islands 111 out of 180 countries around the world.

Transparency Solomon Islands Chairman Bob Pollard says this is a useful indication of how serious the issue of corruption is for the country.

Mr. Pollard says while Solomon Islands ranks above Tonga and Papua New Guinea, which are near the bottom of the list, it is still well below Samoa, which is the best of the Pacific Island countries at 57.

He says the simple message from this index is that corruption keeps the country poor and everyone needs to work harder to get rid of corruption.

The transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians.

This is the first time that Solomon Islands has been included in the Corruption Perception Index.

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