Indonesia’s Corruption Perception Index up slightly

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The Transparency International CPI
The Transparency International CPI judges 180 countries on a scale of 0-100 points, where zero signifies “very corrupt”, while 100 means “very clean – no corruption recorded”. Picture: TRANSPARENCY.ORG

IO – Indonesia’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has scored an increase, compared to results reported last year. Nevertheless, much remains to be addressed. 

Indonesia scored 38 out of 100 points in the Index, after ranking 96th in 2021. The current score is one point higher than that awarded in 2020, when the country was listed in 102nd place, with a score of 37. 

The Transparency International CPI judges 180 countries on a scale of 0-100 points, where zero signifies “very corrupt”, while 100 means “very clean – no corruption recorded”. 

Transparency International Indonesia Deputy Secretary-General Wawan Suyatmiko pointed out how five other countries share 96th place with Indonesia: Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Serbia and Lesotho all scored 38. 

“Four of these six countries are in fact members of the G20: Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey. It is thus a tough challenge for members, in relation to corruption,” observed Wawan. 

Wawan mentioned that from the nine data sources in the 2021 CPI, three components saw an increase over the previous year, three indexes remained stagnant, and three showed a decline. 

The three positive components are the World Economic Forum, Global Insight Country Risk Ratings and IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook placing. 

“The World Economic Forum appraisal rose from 46 to 53, while Global Insight Country Risk Ratings moved up from 35 to 47. This is a drastic 12-point increase within one year. The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook also climbed, by just one point, from 43 to 44,” said Wawan. 

The three indices standing still are: The Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Rating, at 37, the PERC Asia Risk Guide at 32, and the World Justice Rule of Law Index at 23. 

Wawan continued pointing out how the final three components showed a dip. “PRS International Country Risk Guide slipped from 50 to 48, the Bertelsman Foundation Transform Index moved from 37 to 33, and the last one was the Varieties of Democracy Project, which fell 4 points, from 26 to 22,” he said. 

Wawan expressed, “Addressing a grand scale of corruption requires a systematic dismantling of rentier structures and dishonest cultures, where public officials abuse their positions to pocket public funds. A sterilization effort needs to be driven by political leaders, ones who hold power, to assure the common good.” (des)