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Afghanistan declared 4th most corrupt country in world

Afghanistan declared 4th most corrupt country in world

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Feb 22, 2018 - 16:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon has been ranked as the 4th most corrupt country around the worldinfo-icon, a global anti-graft coalition said on Thursday.

In its latest annual report, the Transparency International said Afghanistan trailed only Syria, South Sudan and Somalia.

Most of countries were making little or no progress in ending corruption, according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index.

Journalists and activists in corrupt countries risked their lives every day in an effort to speak out, said the report, which ranks 180 countries.

The watchdog uses a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 meaning highly corrupt and 100 very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50.

More than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with an average score of 43. New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.

Afghanistan has an abysmally low score of only 15, with Yemen and Sudan scoring16 and Libya 17. North Korea also earned a score of 17.

The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

Syed Ahmad Afzali, head of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) told a meeting today: “Anti-corruption efforts by the unity government are political and not independent. Civil societyinfo-icon suggestions are being ignored, impeding reforms and counter-graft struggle.”

He said the organs created by the government created to battle corruption were not independent and transparent, he alleged. “We believe the government has missed many opportunities for fighting against corruption. Creating independent institutions and supporting existing ones would help accelerate the fight.”

The IWA suggested Afghanistan should create an independent commission for fighting corruption, coordinating anti-graft efforts with Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC), providing strategic ideas and preventive measures.

The organisation said amending the access to information law based on international standards and creating an independent commission for supervising the process should be a priority for the government.

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