SL ranked 89th in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018

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Sri Lanka has failed to show progress on the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), compiled by Transparency International (TI), where Sri Lanka has scored 38 on the index retaining the same score from 2017, the Transparency International (TI) said today.

Sri Lanka is ranked 89th in the world and 3rd in South Asia, behind Bhutan (25th) and India (78th) ; on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Denmark and New Zealand are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively with scores of 88 and 87, with Somalia coming in last at 180th with a score of 10.

The CPI performance of Sri Lanka underscores its stagnant anti-corruption environment, which has seen the country’s CPI score fluctuate between 36 and 38 since 2013, despite the anti-corruption mandate provided to the government.  

Speaking on Sri Lanka’s performance on the CPI 2018, Transparency International Sri Lanka’s Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “It is important to note that the CPI deals with perceived levels of public sector corruption and as such the existence of a legislative framework, without the will or operational ability to ensure timely justice, reflects on Sri Lanka’s clear lack of progress to date.

However, with the likely conclusion of several high-profile corruption cases in 2019, it is essential that all authorities uphold their impartiality and independence. If the application of the law is interpreted as selective or politically motivated, it could prove detrimental to the anti-corruption drive and the justice system”.

Transparency International noted that a cross analysis with global democracy data reveals a link between corruption and the health of democracies.

Full democracies score an average of 75 on the CPI; flawed democracies score an average of 49; hybrid regimes – which show elements of autocratic tendencies – score 35; autocratic regimes perform worst, with an average score of just 30 on the CPI. Sri Lanka’s CPI score suggests that it falls between a flawed democracy and a hybrid regime.  

To make real progress against corruption and strengthen democracy around the world, Transparency International calls on all governments to strengthen the institutions responsible for maintaining checks and balances over political power, and ensure their ability to operate without intimidation, close the implementation gap between anti-corruption legislation, practice and enforcement.

It also calls on all governments to support civil society organisations which enhance political engagement and public oversight over government spending, particularly at the local level while supporting a free and independent media and ensure the safety of journalists and their ability to work without intimidation or harassment.

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  • Daham Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:42 PM

    Very soon Sri Lanka will be tough competitor to Somalia!!!

    Corrupt Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:11 PM

    I am sure the DANISH and NEW ZEALANDERS know how to do it without getting caught !!!

    Kale Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:45 AM

    Corrupt, or they simply don't do it.That is an option, you know.

    ANTON Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:56 PM

    WHAT POSITION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SRILANKA FOR CORRUPTION HIDING CONCEPT.

    Nadeeshan Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:15 PM

    The score represent whole Sri Lanka. How could we improve the score 1) when our selves offer bribes to get the things done? 2) when people expects a bribe to do this activity?.Isn't it us who can improve this without pointing our figure to others. Abide by the law and say no to corruption.

    Milan Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:50 PM

    cant we bribe and get number 1 position?

    Kale Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:47 AM

    If MR was in that would be the thinking. Or, just threaten people until they are silent.

    Long memory Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:19 PM

    This is just corruption PERCEPTION. India is far more corrupt. Also we are less corrupt that when the Hitlerian patriotic group was in office.

    Sambo Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:31 PM

    They have got it all wrong. we should be in the number 1 spot.

    Nimal Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:07 PM

    Very soon we will advance fast to the 177th position and beat North Korea.

    ra Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:24 AM

    most south east asian countries are corrupted

    Jude Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:39 AM

    CORRUPTION is Rampant in SL !!! Hey TI Transparency intl. Curious to know the methodology !!??? SL should be in the company of N.Koreans and Afgans to be the MOST currupt!!!?? Yeah!!

    Walawwe kolla Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:51 AM

    keeyak hari deela monawa hari karaganna bari weida manda

    Perpetual student Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:16 PM

    We learn from the very best. India, China, Pakistan, Bangaladesh, most African countries are the places that our politicians fete and socialize with.

    Hope less Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:45 PM

    Not a laughing matter. We are expecting FDI's (foreign direct investment). What chance? We are tying up with China which is in 87th Place. No hope.


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