YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia has improved its standing in the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) compiled annually by Berlin-based Transparency International, rising to 94th place among 177 countries, up from 105th in 2012.
Head of Transparency International’s Armenia office Varuzhan Hoktanyan, however, attributed the improvement to poor performances by a number of other countries rather than to Armenian authorities’ efforts to reduce corruption.
The Index, which ranks the public sector of 177 countries across the world, has consistently shown New Zealand as a country with a strong reputation for clean government. In 2013, New Zealand ties with Denmark for first place due to strong access to information systems and rules governing the behavior of those in public positions, according to Transparency International.
Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia scored the lowest at 8 out of 100 points each. Armenia’s neighbor Turkey was ranked 50th, Georgia 49th, Azerbaijan was ranked 127th and Iran 144th. Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, the members of the Customs Union, which Armenia is preparing to join, all were ranked far below Armenia.
The CPI, released annually, scores and ranks the world’s countries and territories according to the perceived corruptness of their public sectors.
The CPI is a composite index based on a “combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions,” according to an information sheet released alongside the 2013 rankings.