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BERLIN: Watchdog Transparency International (TI) has published its 2023 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

The Index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public-sector corruption using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Azerbaijan, host of COP29 in November, placed 154 out of 180 with a score of 23 together with Guatemala, Honduras and Iraq. By contrast, Denmark topped the list with a score of 90 as the UK, France, Austria and the Seychelles tied for 20th place with 71/100 points.

Ranking at the bottom in the [Central Asia] region, TI says Azerbaijan continues to struggle with severe corruption issues. “With authoritarian control over state institutions by ruling elites, corruption is being used to sustain power and evade accountability.”

The watchdog says most countries have made little or no progress in tackling public sector corruption with over 66 percent scoring below 50/100 on its Index and an average global score of 43/100 remaining unchanged for the 12th year running. “This indicates serious corruption problems,” it adds.

The U.S. scored 69 points to place 24th – one point above current COP host UAE in 26th place.

Full list: https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2023
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