Zim improves on global corruption index

Zimbabwe has improved its position on the global Corruption Perceptions Index for the second year in a row, but there are concerns that the country remains very low on the international scale.

In the 2010 index published by Transparency International, Zimbabwe scored 2.4, up from 2.1 last year. The country is now ranked 134 this year, up from position 146. The 2010 result is a vast improvement from 2008 when Zimbabwe was ranked 166, the countrys worst ranking ever. But while the result is a positive sign of improvement, Transparency International has warned that Zimbabwe still has a long way to go. In 2001, the first year the corruption index was compiled, Zimbabwe was ranked at number 65.

According to Transparency International, in order for Zimbabwe to improve its global standings, the countrys leadership will have to integrate anti-corruption measures in all sectors. Transparency International advocates stricter implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.

Bringing up the rear on the scale is Somalia at 178th place, with a score of 1.1, trailing just behind Myanmar and Afghanistan, jointly ranked at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5. Somalia continues to languish in last place at position 178. Denmark ranks as the least corrupt country in the world and is tied with New Zealand and Singapore at the top of the list with a score of 9.3.

Notable among decliners over the past year are some of the countries most affected by a financial crisis precipitated by transparency and integrity deficits. Among those improving in the past year, the general absence of OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) states underlines the fact that all nations need to bolster their good governance mechanisms, Transparency International said.

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