After a slight improvement in the ranking covering the year 2018, Morocco is once again falling in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of Transparency International published this Thursday, January 23. The Kingdom occupies the 80th position out of the 180 countries studied with a score of 41/100. It is ranked in the middle of the table in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, where the average is 39/100.
“Morocco and Tunisia continue to present mixed tables with substantial reform efforts, but also considerable challenges,” notes Transparency. In North Africa, Tunisia (74th) has the lowest level of corruption, followed by Morocco. Algeria and Egypt are at a much higher level (106th).
“This year’s CPI shows that corruption is more prevalent in countries where big capital can circulate freely during election campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of the wealthy or having relationships,” says Transparency International. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perception of levels of corruption in the public sector, according to experts and businessmen. Over two-thirds of the countries scored below 50 in this year’s CPI, with an average score of only 43.
In the world, Denmark, New Zealand and Finland are the least corrupt countries. Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg complete the Top 10.