Jan 25, 2020

Sri Lanka stagnant in global corruption perception index

Sri Lanka made no progress in its ranking on Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI) last year, remaining stagnant in 93rd place, the global corruption watchdog’s local arm said.

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere told reporters today that perception of public sector corruption in the country has remained the same over the past few years.

“When we look at the ranking from 2013 to 2019, we see that the score has hovered between 36 and 38 across this six-year period. It really underscores the fact that perception of public sector corruption remains more or less unchanged,” said Obeyesekere.

Explaining the CPI, Obeyesekere said it provides an opportunity to observe how Sri Lanka is faring against other countries and to assess how the country is doing domestically as well.

“It focuses specifically on perception of public sector corruption. The results for this year are that Sri Lanka continues to have a score of 38 in the CPI which ranks us 93rd in the world. Last year we had a rank of 89 whilst we continue to have the same raw score of 38,” he said.

According to TISL, New Zealand and Denmark have ranked first in the index, with a score of 87 each, while Somalia has ranked last with a score of 09.

Among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, Sri Lanka has ranked third following Bhutan and India.