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Pakistan ranks 117 out of the 180 countries, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, released by the Transparency International on Wednesday. In the 2016, India was at 79th place among 176 countries. Indi's latest score is 40 which has remained unchanged since previous year, in 2015 the score was 38.

According to the index, not many countries have been successful in their efforts of curbing terrorism despite numerous efforts in the last six years or so.

"Countries with the lowest protection for press and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have the worst rates of corruption", said Samuel Kimeu, the Executive Director for Transparency International Kenya while releasing the report in Nairobi.

Those that significantly reduced corruption are Belarus (+13), Greece (+12), South Sudan (+12), Guyana (+10), Latvia (+9), Senegal (+9), North Korea (+9), United Kingdom (+8), Seychelles (+8), Czech Republic (+8), Italy (+8) and Laos (+8). The scores range from 0, which is perceived as highly corrupt, to 100, which means that a country is perceived very clean.

"The stability of Georgia's position in CPI over the past several years (and its worsening in 2017) indicates that, after Georgia made a certain progress, its government needs to step up its anti-corruption efforts", said the Transparency International Georgia, Tbilisi-based member of Transparency International's network.

Transparency International found the best-performing region to be Western Europe, with an average score of 66, while the worst-performing regions were sub-Saharan Africa with an average score of 32, followed by Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which averaged 34.




The organization counts Australia and New Zealand as Asia Pacific countries while New Zealand scores 89, topping the index as the least corrupt country in the world.

The CPI-2017 unveiled by Transparency International Nepal (TI-N) here on Thursday ranked Nepal 122nd out of 180 countries with a score of 31.

Meanwhile, Paul Low, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of integrity and governance, attributed the drop to MACC's work in making several high-profile arrests a year ago.

The Middle East suffers from violent conflicts and dictatorships, said the report, adding that corruption is still endemic in Arab countries where attacks on the freedom of expression, press, and civil society continue to occur. According to that year's report, Nicaragua was already the third most corrupt country in Latin America.

As part of its policy advise on tackling corruption to state governments all over the globe, TI has stressed that independent activists and media organisations are vital to combatting the widespread malice.

It suggested that Government and businesses must do more to encourage an open and engaged civil society to see the need to fight against corruption. In accordance with this, governments have been pressed to ensure a safe working environment for journalists, and for passing laws which improve access to information.

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