Taiwan moves up in global corruption rankings to 36th
December 4, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI--Taiwan has moved up one notch from last year to 36th in the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index rankings that were released Tuesday by Transparency International (TI), a Germany based organization that fights corruption worldwide.
In the TI report, Taiwan was fourth in East Asia, after Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
Under the evaluation system, Taiwan obtained a score of 61 out of 100, the same as last year.
Srirak Plipat, regional director of TI Asia Pacific, said Taiwan's performance this year was similar to last year.
Although there were several corruption cases in Taiwan over the past year, the country has made great progress through the efficient work of the newly established Anti-Corruption Administration, he said.
Plipat said the report showed that generally the governments in the Asia Pacific region have made only limited progress in their anti-corruption efforts, as indicated by the fact that more than 50 percent of the countries scored less than 40 in the report.
New Zealand and Denmark tied for first place, with a score of 91, among the 177 countries and territories ranked by TI this year. Rounding out the top 10 were Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada, all with scores of over 80.
Among the Asia Pacific countries, Singapore was ranked fifth worldwide with a score of 89, Hong Kong 15th with a score of 75, Japan 18th with a score of 74, and Taiwan 36th with 61.
Although Taiwan's improved rankings in recent years deserve recognition, it is still facing some challenges such as corruption in the judicial and political contribution systems, vote buying, and bribery, Plipat said.
He suggested that Taiwan's government come up with better measures to protect informants since the disclosure of many corruption cases relied on them.
Plipat noted that in countries where there are opposition political parties, these parties provide checks and balances to limit government power.
He also observed that countries with a high gross national product do not necessarily perform better in terms of fighting corruption.