Index: Corruption still high in Asia

China and India score below average on the 2013 corruption index.

New Zealand is one of the world’s least corrupt countries and Myanmar is one of the world’s most corrupt, according to on Transparency International’s Corruptions Perception Index 2013, which was recently released.

The yearly index scores countries from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Among Asia-Pacific countries, New Zealand, with a score of 91, was tied for first place with Denmark.

Top quartile countries in the region were Singapore (86), Australia (81), Hong Kong (75), Japan (74) and Taiwan (61).

Nine regional countries scored at or above the average of 50. Twelve Asian countries, including China (40) and India (36), had scores below 50, “indicating a serious corruption problem”, according to TI. 

This year’s ranking of Asian countries was only slightly different than TI’s 2012 rankings. The major movers this year were Myanmar, which rose 15 places and improved its score to 21 from 15, while Cambodia fell three places.

TI bases the annual CPI on “experts’ opinions of public sector corruption”. Countries with access to information and rules governing the behaviour of public officials can improve perception, while a lack of accountability and ineffective public institutions has the opposite effect, according to the organisation.


 

Asia-Pacific Results 

A score of 100 is “very clean” and a score of 0 is “highly corrupt” 

Rank   Score
1 New Zealand 91
5 Singapore 86
9 Australia 81
15 Hong Kong 75
18 Japan 74
38 Brunei 60
46 South Korea 55
52 Mauritius 52
53 Malaysia 50
80 China 40
83 Mongolia 38
91 Sri Lanka 37
94 India 36
94 Philippines 36
102 Thailand 35
114 Indonesia 32
116 Vietnam 31
136 Bangladesh 27
140 Laos 26
157 Myanmar 21
160 Cambodia 20