Oman: Third Least Corrupt Country In The Arab World

Oman has made a positive jump on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and is now the third least corrupt country in the Arab world.

It has jumped 15 places globally to 53rd rank in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) (68th in 2017) released by Transparency International on Tuesday. Its overall score improved from 44 in 2017 to 52 in 2018.

The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). In the survey, more than two-thirds of the countries score below 50, with an average of only 43. Since 2012, only 20 countries have significantly improved their scores, including Estonia and Côte D’Ivoire. Also, there has been a significant decline in scores of 16 countries including Australia, Chile and Malta.

Denmark and New Zealand top the index with 88 and 87 points, respectively. South Sudan, Syria and Somalia are at the bottom of the index, with 13, 13 and 10 points, respectively. The highest scoring region is Western Europe and the European Union, with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 35).

The 2018 index presents a grim picture in the Middle East and Northern Africa where, despite some progress by a select few, most countries are failing in the fight against corruption, stated Transparency International.

At 23, UAE leads the region on CPI, followed by Qatar (33), Oman (53), Saudi Arabia (58), Kuwait (78) and Bahrain (99).

Libya (17), Yemen (14) and Syria (13) are placed in the bottom of the index. With an average score of 39, the Middle East and Northern Africa region falls behind both the Americas and Asia Pacific regions (average score for both at 44) and does only slightly better than Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 35) and Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32).

Source: Muscat Daily