Corruption ranking covered corruption cases under Mahama - Gov't

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Sri Lanka has moved up four places to 91st from 95th, in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 released by Transparency International with the island failing to show significant improvement.

China fared a bit better than India and was ranked 77th, with a score of 41.

It added that "The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean".

The organisation observed that this year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with an average score of 43.

Commenting on the report, the MP for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had been botched with a lot of corruption cases since coming to power past year.

The GII noted that Ghana's score of 40 points was likely a reflection of the insufficient investigations, prosecutions and sanctioning of corrupt acts, per data sources from 2016.

Out of the 176 countries that were assessed, Ghana was ranked 70th, performing worse than countries such as Rwanda, Namibia and Senegal in the 2016 report. Bhutan has the highest score among India's neighbours, 67, and is at 26th place.

Meanwhile, China with a score of 41 was ranked 77th on the list, while Brazil was placed at 96th with a score of 37 and Russian Federation was at the 135th place with a score of 29. One of the common mistakes people make in reading this report is in taking more notice of a country's ranking than its actual score.

Crackdown on media, NGOs linked to low global corruption index scores

He said that the National Assembly had delayed the confirmation of 60 nominees for leadership of various institutions, including agencies vital to fight corruption.

Transparency International found the best-performing region to be Western Europe‚ with an average score of 66‚ while the worst-performing regions were sub-Saharan Africa with an average score of 32‚ followed by Eastern Europe and Central Asia‚ which averaged 34.

This is Malaysia's worst score in the last five years and the lowest ranking since the index was introduced in 1994.

The government's Spokesperson on Governance and Legal Affairs, Herbert Krapa, explained that the report was not an indication that the current NPP government was corrupt.

"It shows that Nigeria is slipping further down in the global ranking on the fight against corruption".

It has called on the community of nations to encourage free speech, independent media, and political dissent for promoting an engaged and open civil society.

Transparency Index had discovered that the most corrupt countries ranked low when it came to press freedom.

Tagwai urged the government to make the 2017 anti-corruption strategy public, assign responsibilities for its implementation and prepare a detailed and casted action plan monitored by civil CSOs.

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