Muscat, The Sultanate has achieved its highest rise at the global level in

the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released today by Transparency International.

The Sultanate’s National Competitiveness Office (NCO) reported that the Sultanate has

advanced eight points on CPI and ranked 53 in the world out of 180 countries and it jumped

fifteen positions worldwide and came in third place in the Arab world.

NCO said that the Sultanate has a score of 52 out of 100 in this index in 2018, compared

to 44 in 2017, adding that the Transparency International based its assessment on the data

and reports issued by six international institutions, namely the Global Competitiveness

Report, released by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Bertelsmann

Foundation in Germany, which measures the Index of Democratic Transformation and

Economic Development, the Economists’ Economic Intelligence Unit which provides risk

assessments, the US Global Insight, Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, and

Varieties of Democracy Project that is hosted by the Political Science Department at the

University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with the Kellogg Institute for

International Studies, Notre Dame University, USA.

The National Competitiveness Office said that these results reflect the efforts exerted by

the Sultanate to tackle corruption perceptions, which has had a clear role in the Sultanate’s

regional and global status. It stresses that the Sultanate is working to create a stimulating

and supportive business environment for the national economy which will enhance its

competitiveness in the International indicators systems and contributes to building national

capacities in the field of enhancing competitiveness and analysis of international reports, as

well as measuring and monitoring competitiveness assessment at the national, regional and

international levels and proposing policies and laws to improve this competitiveness and

work with all parties to achieve their vision.

The National Competitiveness Office (NCO) noted that the Corruption Perceptions Index

is based on 13 surveys and evaluations conducted by experts to determine the degree of

corruption perceptions in the public sector in 180 countries and regions worldwide by

assigning a score of zero to the most corrupt and 100 that is the fairest.

Source: Oman News Agency