Jordan ranks fourth among Arab nations on CPI

Amman, Jordan ranked fourth among Arab nations in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), according to the Rasheed Integrity and Transparency Organization, a national branch of the Transparency International Organization.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Rasheed said that Jordan scored 49 out of 100 points on the index, moving up one rank from 2017, pointing out that this slight increase is due to the criteria listed under the World Economic Forum and the World Competitive Yearbook surveys, which include realizing the outcomes of automating some governmental procedures and improvements in curbing bribes and tenders.

The index is an annual assessment based on a number of sources that measure corruption perceptions in the public sector of 180 countries and is considered extremely important internationally.

Jordan’s assessment is based on eight sources that measure bribery, public funds transfer, exploiting public office for personal gain, nepotism, rule of law, the government’s ability to implement the system of integrity, the prosecution of corrupt individuals, financial disclosure, the implementation of codes of conduct, access to information, and good governance.

Based on the findings of the Corruption Perceptions Index, the organization recommended ensuring the financial and administrative independence of the control and oversight bodies, media outlets, the Audit Bureau, the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission and law enforcement agencies adding that legislation must be amended in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

It also recommended reviewing legislation to guarantee freedom of speech, the right to information, the prosecution of all corrupt persons and ensuring their fair trial, publishing the contents of financial disclosures online, enabling citizens to play their role in promoting integrity and accountability, and ensure whistleblower protection.

Source: Jordan News Agency