Kyrgyzstan ranks 162 in global corruption index
18/11-2009 08:35, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , By Anton LYMAR
Kyrgyzstan was ranked 162nd in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which was released Tuesday. Kyrgyzstan moved up four spots from its 2008 ranking, with a score of 1.9 out of 10.
Kyrgyzstan has started its gradual falling since 2003, when it ranked 118th. In 2004 it was ranked 128, in 2005–130th, in 2006-143rd, in 2007-157th.
Kyrgyzstan was ranked ahead of its direct neighbors, Uzbekistan (168), Turkmenistan (174), but fell behind other Central Asian states like Tajikistan (158) and Kazakhstan (120).
Russia and Ukraine have shared 146th position, together with Kenya, Cameron, Zimbabwe and Ecuador.
At the top of the list stands New Zealand, with a CPI score of 9.4, and at the bottom lies Somalia, with a score of 1.1.
Rounding up the top three are Denmark in second and Singapore, tied with Sweden in third. Down on the bottom, Somalia was narrowly beaten out by Afghanistan and Myanmar.
The United States ranked 19th, with a score of 7.5, while other aspiring global superpowers ranked substantially lower. China only managed to score 3.6 placing it in 79th place.
The index ranks the 180 participating countries according to the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. The CPI draws on 13 different polls and surveys from 10 independent institutions, and includes surveys of business people and country analysts from organizations like the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Freedom House.
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