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Georgia has the lowest anti-corruption index in the region
22 February, 2018
Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, has recently published 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Georgia ranks 46th out of 180 countries, ahead of Eastern Partnership nations such as Armenia (107th) and Azerbaijan (122nd), with a score of 56 out of 100.

The index, which ranks countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, uses a scale
of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is corruption-free.
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Georgia ranks 46th out of 180 countries

In 2013, Georgia had Corruption Perceptions Index score of 49, in 2014-2015 – 52, and in 2016 – 57.

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.

Unfortunately, many countries scored below 50, what is not very high result. According to the Transparency International, there is no significant difference between previous year’s results in terms of anti-corruption.

“This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Unfortunately, compared to recent years, this poor performance is nothing new” – the website reads.
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This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.

The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

As the analysis show, since 2012, several countries significantly improved their index score, including Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and the United Kingdom, while several countries declined, including Syria, Yemen and Australia.



Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

Further analysis of the results indicates that countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.

“No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up” - Patricia Moreira, Managing Director of Transparency International writes on the official web site of the international non-governmental organization.

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