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Pakistan only SAARC country that improves transparency ranking

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is the only country in South Asia that has improved its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score in year 2015, the Transparency International said.

The other four Saarc countries scored the same or less points as compared to the score in year 2014, the TI said in its report on CPI 2015, to be formally launched on Wednesday (today).

Pakistan’s rank has improved by three with CPI score increased by one point to 30.

The index covered perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries. The CPI 2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in the 2015 edition of Transparency International’s CPI than declined.

Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

Yet in places like Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana, citizen activists in groups and on their own worked hard to drive out the corrupt, sending a strong message that should encourage others to take a decisive action in 2016.

Brazil was the bigger decliner in the index, falling 5 points and dropping 7 positions to a rank of 76.

The unfolding Petrobras scandal brought people into the streets in 2015 and the start of judicial process may help Brazil stop corruption.

Denmark took the top spot for the second year running, with North Korea and Somalia the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each. The big decliners in the past four years include Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey. The big improvers include Greece, Senegal and the United Kingdom.

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