Bangladesh ranks 7th among most corrupt countries in CPI

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Dhaka, Sep 26 (UNI) Bangladesh is ranked seventh among the most corrupt countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2007 of Transparency International (TI), although the country's score did not make any change against the last year's score of 2.

Berlin-based Transparency International released the CPI report today all over the world that provides, in a scale of 0-10, international ranking of countries in terms of perceived degree of prevalence of political and administrative corruption.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman, Prof Dr Muzaffer Ahmad released the report at a news conference here today.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand jointly ranked first, therefore the least corrupt countries in the world each scoring 9.4.

The report says Bangladesh has scored 2.0 and ranked seventh from below, which is the 162nd among 180 countries included in the index this year.

In the same position with the same score as Bangladesh are five countries - Cambodia, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.

Somalia and Myanmar have bottomed the list, meaning corruption in the two countries is perceived to be the highest, followed by Iraq and Haiti (2nd and 3rd positions). Uzbekistan and Tonga are jointly in the 4th position followed by Sudan, Chad and Afganistan (jointly 5th) while Democratic Republic of Congo, Equitorial Guiena, Laos and Guinea have ranked the 6th.

Among the Asian countries, Singapore topped the list scoring 9.3 along with Sweden.

UNI

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