2016 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks PNG 136/176

The 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has ranked PNG at 136 out of 176 countries and territories with a score of 28/100.

This was revealed today by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.

Present to listen to the findings included representatives from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council and the European Union Ambassador to PNG, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

The CPI ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

Countries and territories are ranked on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The ranking indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption.

The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world including experts living and working in the countries evaluated. It is based on a combination of data collected by 12 reputable organizations globally.

The information on PNG was sourced from five surveys: Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index 2016, Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide 2016, World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment 2015, Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Ratings 2016, and Global Insight Country Risk Ratings 2015.

Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens said that for several years running, PNG has failed to make the changes needed to bring itself from among the countries seen as the world's "most corrupt".

Up until 2016, PNG had scored 25/100 for the last four years. The 2015 CPI put PNG at 139/168.

“Given PNG's current low spot on the CPI, the government and citizens alike, need to give serious thought about why this is so. We believe that unkept promises and failures to protect national assets would be among the reasons we have not been ranked higher.

“PNG faces the issue of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations.

“There is little or no accountability for many of those who fail to follow the rule of law in dealing with state assets and decisions. Legal loopholes, delaying tactics and lack of political will facilitate domestic and cross-border corruption.

“Many offenders enjoy scandalous levels of impunity while average people are deprived of basic services because of corruption,” said Stephens.

The 2016 CPI ranked Denmark at 1/176 countries and territories with a score of 90 while Somalia is at the bottom at 176 scoring 10.


Troy Taule