Jordan scores 49 points on the Corruption Perceptions Index

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AMMAN — Jordan maintained its score on the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), at 49 out of 100, and ranked fifth in the Arab world after the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, according to Transparency International, which stated that the global average “remains unchanged for the 10th year in a row, at just 43 out of a possible 100 points.”اضافة اعلان

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, and the results are given on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Political analysts and experts interviewed by Jordan News agreed that if Jordan wanted to improve its ranking in the coming years more importance must be given to transparency and oversight, in addition to having in place deterrent laws to reduce corruption.

Hamada Faraaneh, writer and political analyst, said “Jordan’s ranking can be seen as both positive and negative; positive because it is not retreating, and negative because there is lack of progress.”

Faraaneh said that there must be a tireless joint effort by all institutions to fight corruption; deterrent laws are enacted, special courts must be formed formed and court decisions expedited, in addition to increasing public awareness of corruption and enabling the press to address the issue.

Labib Qamhawi, a political analyst, said the state’s administrative apparatus must be restructured and greater importance should be given to oversight and transparency regarding corruption cases.

Qamhawi added that corruption should not be fought after it has occurred but before it occurs, and one way for the government to achieve that is to take critical decisions that provide the minimum economic and social security for citizens to prevent corruption. “You can’t talk to a hungry person about the danger of corruption — you must feed him first”, he said.

Senator Talal Al-Shorofat said that it is a good thing for Jordan to maintain the same ranking, especially under the tough economic conditions that the world faces today,

Shorofat stressed the importance of anti-corruption laws and expressed hope that Jordan would do better in coming years. “It is evident that Jordan is fighting corruption seriously and that there is zero tolerance regarding corruption.”

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