This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Transparency International does not make pretty reading for the politicians and citizens of Central Asia and will do nothing to boost overseas investors’ enthusiasm for doing business in the region, with all five countries – as well as Afghanistan – ranked among the 30 most corrupt countries in the world. The relevant rankings are:
- Afghanistan (166 out of 168)
- Turkmenistan (156)
- Uzbekistan (153)
- Tajikistan (136)
- Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (=123)
“All five countries of Central Asia are…at the bottom of the CPI table,” said Svetlana Savitskaya, Transparency International’s regional coordinator for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Europe and Central Asia.
“[The low score] is a signal that corruption is endemic, it is deeply ingrained, and it has a systemic nature [in the region].”
The rest of the former CIS region performed little better:
- Russia (119)
- Ukraine (130)
- Moldova (103)
- Armenia (95)
- Azerbaijan (119)
Overall, Denmark beat Finland to be nominated the least corrupt country in the world while Somalia and North Korea propped up the table.