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2006 Corruption Perceptions Index Reinforces Link Between Poverty and Corruption

2006 Corruption Perceptions Index Reinforces Link Between Poverty and Corruption

CPI shows the machinery of corruption remains well-oiled, despite improved legislation

Berlin, 6 November 2006 - The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today by Transparency International (TI), points to a strong correlation between corruption and poverty, with a concentration of impoverished states at the bottom of the ranking.

Almost three-quarters of the countries in the CPI score below five (including all low-income countries and all but two African states) indicating that most countries in the world face serious perceived levels of domestic corruption. Seventy-one countries - nearly half - score below three, indicating that corruption is perceived as rampant. Haiti has the lowest score at 1.8; Guinea, Iraq and Myanmar share the penultimate slot, each with a score of 1.9. Finland, Iceland and New Zealand share the top score of 9.6.

The package of documents available here or visit TI website at www.transparency.org