Pakistan climbs seven spots in global corruption ranking in 2023

In 2023, Pakistan achieved a CPI score of 29 out of 100, compared to a score of 27 in 2022 when the country held the 140th position

Pakistan’s ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has seen an improvement, moving up seven spots from 140 out of 180 countries in 2022 to 133 in 2023, as reported by Transparency International on Tuesday.

The CPI assesses perceived levels of public-sector corruption based on 13 independent data sources, utilising a scale of zero to 100, where zero represents highly corrupt and 100 signifies very clean.

In 2023, Pakistan achieved a CPI score of 29 out of 100, compared to a score of 27 in 2022 when the country held the 140th position. Notably, India’s CPI score dropped from 40 in 2022 to 39 in 2023.

Transparency International Pakistan Chairman, Justice (R) Zia Pervez, highlighted the positive change in Pakistan’s score and attributed it to policies focusing on improved governance, effective law enforcement, and the implementation of recommendations by the global organisation.

The report indicated that the majority of countries globally made minimal progress in addressing public sector corruption, maintaining an average CPI score of 43 for the twelfth consecutive year.

The Rule of Law Index reveals a decline in the functioning of justice systems worldwide.

Countries with low scores in this index also exhibited low scores on the CPI, emphasizing a correlation between access to justice and corruption.

Denmark topped the CPI for the sixth consecutive year with a score of 90, followed closely by Finland and New Zealand with scores of 87 and 85, respectively. Countries experiencing crises, such as Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, South Sudan, and Yemen, occupied the bottom spots.

Twenty-three countries, including Iceland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, and Venezuela, reached historic lows in 2023.

Since 2018, 12 countries have seen significant declines in their CPI scores, while eight countries, including Ireland, South Korea, Armenia, Vietnam, the Maldives, Moldova, Angola, and Uzbekistan, showed improvements during the same period.

 

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