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In the annual Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) just released by Transparency International (TI), Sri Lanka has scored 40 points and is placed in the 79th position among 176 countries.

Among the South Asian Countries Sri Lanka ranks second above India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Only Bhutan has fared better than Sri Lanka. In Asia Pacific region Sri Lanka is ranked number 11.

Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.

Since Sri Lanka has scored below 50, it is apparent that the country is yet among those who were unable to minimize the level of corruption in the public sector. Thus Transparency International Sri Lanka believes there is a need to strengthen the anti – corruption mechanisms in Sri Lanka.

The Index, which focuses on corruption in the public sector, is conducted by Transparency International (TI), the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption. The CPI, though perceptional, has been accepted as the most recognized and often quoted international index on corruption.

A release issued by Transparency International states: “A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world.”

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people,” said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International.

“After a year of focus on corruption, we expect governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 results demonstrate that societies continue to pay the high cost of corruption,” Labelle said.

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behavior of those in public positions. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again cling to the bottom rung of the index. In these countries the lack of accountable leadership and effective public institutions underscore the need to take a much stronger stance against corruption.

This year Transparency International has changed the methodology for the Corruption Perceptions Index, allowing for year-over-year comparisons for all editions published from 2012 onward. (Source: Transparency Internaional)


Full table and rankings

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 - 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. This year's index includes 176 countries and territories.









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  • AIM Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:27 AM

    It is funny. 39 & 40 go hand in hand.

    kuriosity Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:25 AM

    i am sure that the 'BIG WIGS'were not considered in this poll, otherwise we would have proudly made it to the top 10 at least!

    Ryan Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:33 AM

    5 spots to catch Italy, and 10 to catch South Africa, well done sri lanka

    SAM_SPARROW Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:33 AM

    New Zealand on top of the row. We should be proud to play cricket with them for sure.

    Bandu Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:34 AM

    good is good whether the color is blue, green or red. we were 86 in 2011 and 91 in 2010. seems getting better compare to countries like India and Thailand. however, a long way to go to be at least within first 25. for that we need a complete new generation in our government

    samba Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:34 AM

    we are getting closer to Swaziland. keep it up Rajapakshasa..

    PoliticallyIncorrect Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:44 AM

    98% leaders 2% General Public.

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:41 AM

    Nice to have China as our corruption partner and neighbour in the list. What Transparency In'l has failed to detect is that the density of corruption in the State System increases proportionately around political figures and their hierarchy.

    Saman Thursday, 06 December 2012 06:01 AM

    According to the comments I read here, Sri Lanka should rank next to Libya!

    Dirty monk Thursday, 06 December 2012 06:24 AM

    Bull shit news.....

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 06 December 2012 06:33 AM

    We would be in the top 20 had it not for one family. Wow to Botswana (30) and Bhutan (at 33).

    Huunek Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:23 PM

    Till now I thought it would be 65 points......

    wijebahu Thursday, 06 December 2012 06:56 AM

    next one will be 100.

    Harsha1 Thursday, 06 December 2012 02:06 PM

    How come we could not top the list ( lest marks)

    janaka Friday, 07 December 2012 02:22 AM

    good news for helping Hambantota?

    JayW Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:34 AM

    I am very much grateful to my former HOD and his suckers and the former VC at this so called educational institute for harassing me for not being a sucker and for speaking against injustice and for behaving as a true academic without any fear to express opinions. The unbearable pain my family and I had due to this ongoing harassment enabled us to makeup our mind to leave Sri Lanka 15 years ago and settle down in this wonderful English speeking country which has come first in the Global Corruption Perceptions Index 2012. We moved from a corrupt country to a corruptless country. It is Karma.

    Saman Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:54 AM

    This report is totally wrong. Sri Lanka must stay definitely in the bottom.
    Please let us protest asking them to rectify it.

    meenavan Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:22 AM

    when we are going to get 1st place....before next general election?

    sinha Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:42 AM

    NO way will Transparency International by wrong.

    Darren Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:04 AM

    It was found that the most corrupted institute in Sri lanaka is Courts,second police third education ministry,fourth health.How do you all like that ha?

    sambol Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:09 AM

    No No. Just look we are the best amongst our friends, China, Pakistan, Iran, Libya....... We are even better than India. Where are those who say we will soon be like Singapore?

    sinha Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:17 AM

    Good but not enough. Perhaps there are far more worse corrupt nations than here but more can be done.

    Thambi Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:34 AM

    Well done Sri Lanka soon will be NO 1

    Prof Wickramatillake Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:30 AM

    Subha Anagathayak!!

    malasekara Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:36 AM

    pass mark

    Gamaraala Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:46 AM

    What was our score before ?

    lessons Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:54 AM

    The effort of Bodhu bala senawa will make an impact ?

    mohamed asfar Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:20 AM

    we can hit to 100 or 50 it is up to our leaders.


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