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Taiwan moves up in global corruption index

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan ranked 29th on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, up two notches from its 2016 ranking, with a score of 63, marking a six-year high.

The Berlin-based international coalition against corruption on Wednesday published the index, an annual ranking of countries based on perceived levels of public sector corruption.

The report found “a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of the [180] countries surveyed.”

Taiwan’s score of 63 out of 100 — where zero represents highly corrupt and 100 represents very clean — puts it above both the global average and the regional average for the Asia-Pacific region of 43 and 44, respectively.

Portugal and Qatar also received a score of 63, making it a three-way tie at No. 29.

Regionally, Taiwan ranked seventh among the 31 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, where more than half of the countries scored less than 50.

According to Transparency International, there has been little progress made in tackling corruption in the Asia-Pacific region, with only a few countries having “experienced small, incremental changes indicating signs of improvement” in the past six years.

Taiwan’s score has been pretty stagnant since 2012, when it received a score of 61, which persisted until 2015, when it jumped to 62 before dropping again to 61 in 2016.

Although the report did not address specific developments in Taiwan that contributed to last year’s score, it gave four recommendations for regional improvement.

These are putting in place laws and institutions that will prevent corruption from happening in the first place; reducing impunity for the corrupt; improving space for civil society to speak out; and improving integrity and values.

Globally, even leading country New Zealand did not achieve a perfect score.

The highest score this year, given to New Zealand, was 89; followed by Denmark at 88; Finland, Norway and Switzerland at 85; Singapore and Sweden at 84; Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK at 82; and Germany rounding out the countries scoring in the 80s at 81.

Countries and territories that performed poorly included Angola and Turkmenistan at 19; Iraq and Venezuela at 18; North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Libya at 17; Sudan and Yemen at 16; Afghanistan at 15; Syria at 14; South Sudan at 12; and Somalia at 9.

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