Mongolia improved its ranking on the list of most corrupt countries, 2012 Corruption Perception Index, published by Transparency International. The nation ranked 94th out of 174 countries around the world. It can be said as a significant improvement given that it was listed at 120th place in the report’s 2011 edition, standing next to countries such as Iran, Mozambique and Kazakhstan.
During an event promoting citizen’s participation in decision making President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that Mongolia is now seen as a country where level of corruption is significantly reduced in a short period of time according to Transparency International’s recent study. He continued saying that Mongolia’s ranking in 2012 is down by 26 compared to that of last year, and it is a rare success internationally.
This year, Mongolia is listed with India, Moldova and Senegal at the same ranking. Understandably, Greece (94th) scored the worst among the European Union nations, falling below ex-communist, poorer Bulgaria and Romania.
China is ranked at 80th place in 2012, slipping from 75th in 2011, whereas Russia is sharing the 133rd place with Kazakhstan.
The top performers include Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, followed by Singapore and Australia. In these nations, the public sector is perceived to be the least corrupt.
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Transparency International has been publishing the corruption perception report since 1998, ranking countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. The CPI generally defines corruption “the misuse of public power for private benefit. It is considered as one of the most reliable tools in measuring corruption internationally.
Transparency International consists of more than 100 chapters, or locally established, independent organizations, including one in Mongolia, to fight corruption in their respective countries.