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* Sri Lanka has marginally improved in tackling corruption
Tue, Oct 26, 2010, 08:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka has shown improvement in reducing corruption according to the global Corruption Perceptions Index figures released today by the Transparency International (TI).

Sri Lanka was placed at 91st position among 178 countries surveyed in 2010 with a score of 3.2.

Last year Sri Lanka was at the 97th position with a score of 3.1 among 180 countries surveyed.

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. It scores countries on a scale from 10 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt). Nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index scored below five.

However, based on the criteria used by the TI Sri Lanka is not among the countries shown improvement from 2009 to 2010. A country to be listed as improved there should be a year-on-year change of at least 0.3 points in a country's CPI score.

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore were at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2. At the bottom was Somalia with a score of 1.1, slightly trailing Myanmar and Afghanistan at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5.

The report noted that in some of the countries most affected by a financial crisis corruption increased. The United States fell three notches down from the 19th position in 2009 to 22nd position this year while the United Kingdom fell from 17th position in 2009 to 20th this year.

Releasing the report, Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International said with the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments’ commitments to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability must speak through their actions.

In South Asian region only India ranked better than Sri Lanka at 87th while other neighboring countries fared worse with Bangladesh at 134th, Pakistan at 143rd and Nepal at 146th.

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