Taiwan was ranked Asia-Pacific’s No. 7 in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Dec. 5 by Transparency International, a Germany-based organization that fights corruption worldwide.
Under the new evaluation system launched this year, Taiwan, with a score of 61 out of 100, followed its neighbors New Zealand at 90, Singapore, 87, Australia, 85, Hong Kong, 76, Japan, 74, and Bhutan, 63. All are among the top 40 out of 176 countries and territories evaluated.
South Korea obtained a score of 56, while mainland China got 39 points.
Compared to the previous 0-10 scale, “the updated methodology with a 0-100 scale better captures changes in perceptions of corruption in the public sector of a country over time,” the report said.
“The index draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and surveys of businesspeople.”
Liao Ran, the organization’s program officer for South Asia and China, said in an interview with Taipei-based Central News Agency that each country was reviewed by at least three independent institutions such as the Economist Intelligence Unit, World Bank and World Economic Forum.
“The reports reflect opinions on a nation’s implementation of anti-corruption regulations, information transparency and efforts in preventing conflict of interest,” he said.
Denmark and Finland also received the highest score of 90, while other countries above 80 points were Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, the Netherlands, Iceland and Luxemburg, in that order.
“The Corruption Perceptions Index is the leading indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of the corruption problem by ranking countries from all over the globe,” the Transparency International website said.