PNG Again Ranked Among The Most Corrupt Worldwide

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

CPI ranking puts PNG at 139 out of 168

By Henry Pambuai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 28, 2016) – The country has been categorised as one of the world’s highly-corrupt countries, according to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) figures, which ranked the country 139 out of 168 countries assessed last year.

Transparency International board chairman Lawrence Stephens made that known in Port Moresby, saying that the CPI was based on a combination of data collected by 12 reputable organisations globally.

The CPI, which is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide, scores and ranks countries based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be.

According to Stephens, the information on PNG was sourced from five surveys: Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index 2016, Political Risk Services International Country Guide 2015, World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment 2013, Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Rating 2015 and Global Insight Country Risk Ratings 2014.

"Depressing as the results of 2015 Corruption Perception Index are, they come with a challenge for ordinary citizens and people in positions of authority," Stephens said.

Stephens said this was the fourth consecutive year PNG had the same CPI score of 25 out of 100. (100 score being the very clean)

He said that corruption was globally a large issue because the average CPI score was 43.

Stephens said that more needed to be done in strengthening and resourcing the current integrity institutions to enforce best practice and regulations. "Although PNG’s position on the 2015 CPI is not good news, the Government has taken steps to improve our ranking and to promote accountability and transparency in the nation’s development," Stephens said.

Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, Correctional Service Commissioner Michael Waipo, acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari were present at the event.

The most corrupt nations were Somaila and North Korea after they received the lowest CPI score of 8 each and were ranked 168 out of 168 countries.

Denmark was ranked the cleanest country after it was ranked first with a CPI score of 91. It was followed closely by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand and Netherlands.

New Zealand was ranked the least corrupt nation in the Asia Pacific region, chalking a CPI score of 88.

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