PNG still ranked ‘highly corrupt’

Despite a slight improvement, Papua New Guinea is still ranked one of the most highly corrupt countries among 180 other countries in the world.

That’s according to the Transparency International Global, Corruption Perception Index 2017, which was released today.

According to the Corruption Perception Index, Papua New Guinea ranks 135 among 180 countries with a score of 29 out of 100.

The CPI scores countries on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being perceived to be very clean and zero perceived to be highly corrupt.

Papua New Guinea again scored below the global average score of 43.

Effectively this places PNG in the high quartile top 25 percent of corrupt nations.

Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens, said “Most likely it’s the lack of accountability by leaders in those nations and ineffective public institutions which underscore the whole score.”

Stephens said this clearly is not just a government matter, instead all sectors, from churches, businesses, civil society and citizens must make it their business to improve PNG’s ranking.

But despite this, some positive transparency steps seem to have evolved with technology, emphasising the point of involving people by allowing them access to vital information.

The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in countries evaluated.

It is based on a combination of data collected by 12 reputable organisations globally.

The information for PNG was sourced from these surveys:

  • The Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index 2017-2018
  • World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment 2017
  • Global Insight Country Risk Ratings 2016
  • World Justice Project Rule of Law Index Expert Survey 2017-2018
  • The PRS Group International Country Risk Guide 2017
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Service 2017


New Zealand has been ranked the least corrupt country and Somalia the worst.

Charmaine Poriambep