Effort to root out corruption is nowhere near complete: President Solih

President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives — President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih states that the incumbent governments effort to root out corruption from Maldives is nowhere near complete yet.

The statement from President Solih comes after Maldives was ranked 75th place out of 183 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020. In 2020s list, Maldives increased by 14 points taking its total score to 43 and jumped the list by 55 positions from the 130th place in 2019.

In his tweet, President Solih stated that although the country’s effort in clearing corruption out of the country is nowhere near complete, rising by 14 points in the CPI list is an encouragement the nation receives.

The CPI scores and ranks are given after considering the countries or territories perceived level of public sector corruption. This is drawn through surveys and expert assessments every year. The CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100 to calculate the rate of corruption, where 0 is high highly corrupted and 100 is very clean.

Although Maldives has jumped 55 positions, the island nation still remains among the two-thirds of countries to score below 50 in the CPI.

Ranking first in the CPI 2020 list are New Zealand and Denmark, both having a score of 88 in the list. After these countries are Finland, Switzerland and Singapore, all three countries ranking third place in the list with a score of 85.

According to the CPI list, the worst corrupted countries are both Somalia and South Sudan with a score of only 12, ranking the last in the list.