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Posted On: 15 March 2011 11:43 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar ranked among top 20 least corrupt nations

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DOHA: Qatar continues to go one notch higher and improve its efficiency to be viewed globally and regionally as among the top 20 least corrupt countries in the world. According to Corruption Perception Index 2010 (CPI 2010) released by Transparency International, Qatar has improved its rank to 19th place globally among the 178 countries last year from 22nd in 2009. In fact, Qatar got the top spot in the Middle East and North Africa in the CPI 2010 score and even improving significantly from second placer UAE which placed 28th in the global scale. Qatar enjoys the highest 7.7 score in MENA in the index even as the CPI 2010 shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries score below 5. Based on the report, the 0 score is perceived to be highly corrupt while 10 is seen to have low levels of corruption. In the global index, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tie for first place with 9.3 scores as among countries with lowest levels of corruption. Unstable governments, often with legacy of conflict continue to stay at the bottom ranks of 2010 CPI. Afghanistan and Myanmar share second to last place score of 1.4 with Somalia in the bottom with 1.1. The CPI 2010 report also cited Qatar as among the countries that established improvement of its score from 2009 with Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, FYR Macedonia, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica and Kuwait. Other countries in MENA like Libya (146), Yemen (148), Sudan (172), Iraq (175) and Somalia (178) were among the cellar dwellers in the survey my Transparency International. Poverty in Sudan, Yemen and Somalia were considered as indicators as to the reason that these countries remain among the countries with government with high corruption incidence. The peninsula