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Taiwan's ranking on regional corruption index improves

Taiwan's ranking on regional corruption index improves

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan has made great strides in combating corruption, ranking as the sixth least corrupt economy in the Asia-Pacific region this year, its best performance in 10 years, according to an annual survey report from the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) Ltd. According to the PERC's 2015 Corruption Perception Index published Wednesday, Taiwan received a score of 5 in a grading system with zero as the best possible score and 10 the worst. Last year, Taiwan was ranked the eighth least corrupt economy with a CPI score of 5.31, the Agency Against Corruption said Thursday. The score of 5 placed Taiwan as the region's sixth least corrupt economy. Singapore topped the survey as Asia's least corrupt country, followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia, in that order. PERC's Asia Intelligence journal also published a questionnaire survey which was conducted among foreign and Taiwanese nationals and showed that 60 percent of respondents thought Taiwan's corruption cases have decreased, while 30 percent thought the problem persists and 10 percent said the problem has deteriorated. The Agency Against Corruption said that the survey showed that the government's efforts in addressing corruption has born fruit. These efforts include setting up the Agency Against Corruption in 2011, strengthening crackdowns on corruption cases and imposing stringent punishments for such offenses. This year, Taiwan achieved better CPI performance than China and beat its own previous record, the agency added. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:08 GMT+08:00