Muscat: Oman has made a positive jump on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and is now the third least corrupt country in the Arab world.
This jump, according to the government, is due to the measures taken to improve Oman’s ranking in this index.
The CPI report is an annual index published by Transparency International since 1995. This index ranks countries by their perceived levels of corruption.
CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
In 2018, Oman’s score was 53, up from 44 in 2017, and 45 in 2016 and 2015. According to the report, Oman comes in third place among the Arab countries after Qatar, which scored 62, and the United Arab Emirates, which scored 70.
According to the CPI, Denmark is ranked number one globally, with a score of 88. New Zealand
is second (87), followed by Finland (85), Singapore (85) and Sweden (85). The US was ranked 22nd and Canada was 9th.
Among the Western European countries, both the UK and Germany were tied at 11th, with France 21st. Portugal was ranked 30th, while Spain was 41st.
China was 87, India was 78th and Pakistan was placed at 117.
The five most corrupt countries among the 180 nations that were on the list were Somalia, Syria, South Sudan, North Korea and Yemen.