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Singapore is the 6th least corrupt country in the world

Singapore is the 6th least corrupt country in the world”

"2017 results once again prove that perception regarding corruption is directly related to rule of law, press freedom, civil society strength, freedom of association and speech", Transparency International's Turkey branch said in a statement.

In comparison to fellow Arab countries, Morocco ranks 7th, below the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Tunisia, said the report. "It reveals that from significantly below-the-average score in both the Americas and globally in 2016, Jamaica's 2017 score is now on par with the Americas and marginally above the global average", Munro said.

Out of 180 surveyed countries, Morocco ranked 81st with 40 points, compared to its rank at 90th with 37 points in 2016, said the association in a press conference to present the yearly report on corruption in Morocco. New Zealand secured the first position on the global ranking for 2017 with its score of 89, followed by Denmark with a score of 88, and Finland with a score of 85. The Western European region performed the best, with an average score of 66, while Sub-Saharan Africa (average score: 32) as well as Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score: 34) fared the worst.

Nine key assessment sources are used to compile the index, including the International Country Risk Guide, Economist Intelligence Unit, and the World Economic Forum's Executive Opinion Survey. In the last six years, only a few countries experienced small, incremental changes indicating signs of improvement. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. The most corrupt country in the world is Somalia, with 9 points, ahead of Syria (14 points) and South Sudan (12).

Previously, the country ranked 101st out of 176 nations in 2016, and 95th of 168 countries in 2015.

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Oya Özarslan, the head of Transparency International's Turkey branch, said the country losing 10 points in the last five years also damaged its competitiveness in the global arena.

The country also placed at the bottom end of the spectrum for the Asia-Pacific region, placing 21st out of 31 countries.

Jamaica's Caricom neighbour Barbados, has been ranked the least corrupt country in the English-speaking Caribbean with a ranking of 25.

Therefore, TI is calling on all governments that "hide behind restrictive laws" to roll them back immediately and allow for greater civic participation. Reducing corruption in these contexts is particularly challenging.

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