February, 22, 2024
Pakistan Rises 7 Spots in Global Corruption Index

Pakistan Rises 7 Spots in Global Corruption Index

Infostani International: Pakistan has shown improvement on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), rising from 140 to 133 out of 180 countries in 2023. With a score of 29 out of 100, the positive shift is attributed to governance reforms. The global report highlights widespread challenges in tackling public sector corruption, emphasizing the need for comprehensive solutions.

Transparency International’s 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index: Positive Shifts for Pakistan, Global Challenges Persist

Pakistan has moved up seven spots in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), climbing from 140 out of 180 countries in 2022 to 133 in 2023, according to a report by Transparency International released on Tuesday.

The CPI assesses the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories based on expert and businesspeople opinions. It employs 13 independent data sources, utilizing a scale of zero to 100, where zero signifies high corruption and 100 denotes very clean. The 2023 report reveals Pakistan’s ranking as 133, accompanied by a CPI score of 29 out of 100.

Contrasting Trends: Pakistan’s Improved CPI and India’s Decline in 2023

In contrast, neighboring India experienced a decrease in its CPI score from 40 in 2022 to 39 in 2023.

Transparency International Pakistan Chairman, Justice (retd) Zia Pervez, acknowledged the positive change in Pakistan’s index score. He emphasized that policies targeting improved governance and robust law enforcement were anticipated to yield favorable outcomes, echoing the implementation of Transparency International’s recommendations.

The 2023 CPI indicates minimal progress globally in addressing public sector corruption, maintaining a stagnant global average of 43 for the twelfth consecutive year, with over two-thirds of countries scoring below 50.

Pakistan Rises 7 Spots in Global Corruption Index
Pakistan climbs 7 spots in 2023 Corruption Index.

Global Trends in Rule of Law and Justice Systems

The Rule of Law Index: A Decline in Justice System Functionality and its Link to Corruption

The Rule of Law Index highlights a global decline in justice system functionality, revealing a clear link between access to justice and corruption. Transparency International Chair Francois Valerian emphasized the need for justice systems to effectively penalize wrongdoing and hold governments accountable to eradicate corruption.

Denmark (90) retains its top position on the index for the sixth consecutive year, followed closely by Finland (87) and New Zealand (85). These countries, with well-functioning justice systems, also excel in the Rule of Law Index.

At the bottom of the index, countries facing prolonged crises, primarily armed conflicts, include Somalia (11), Venezuela (13), Syria (13), South Sudan (13), and Yemen (16).

Global Trends in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Scores (2023): A Snapshot of Declines and Improvements

Notably, 23 countries, spanning from high-ranking democracies like Iceland (72), the Netherlands (79), Sweden (82), and the United Kingdom (71) to authoritarian states like Iran (24), Russia (26), Tajikistan (20), and Venezuela (13), are at historic lows in 2023.

Since 2018, 12 countries have witnessed significant declines in their CPI scores. These include El Salvador (31), Honduras (23), Liberia (25), Myanmar (20), Nicaragua (17), Sri Lanka (34), and Venezuela (13), as well as upper-middle and high-income economies such as Argentina (37), Austria (71), Poland (54), Turkey (34), and the United Kingdom (71).

Conversely, eight countries demonstrated improvement in their CPI scores during the same period: Ireland (77), South Korea (63), Armenia (46), Vietnam (42), the Maldives (40), Moldova (39), Angola (33), and Uzbekistan (31).