World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey and China's rating on perceived corruption has fallen steeply, according to Transparency International (TI), and the global watchdog called for closer international cooperation to root out graft and abuses of power.
Transparency International issues an annual report measuring perceptions of graft rather than actual levels given the secrecy surrounding most corrupt dealings. It uses a scale where 100 stands for the most clean and 0 for the most corrupt.
The Berlin-based organisation published its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index of 175 countries on Wednesday and it showed Turkey's record had worsened the most precipitously in 2014, dropping by five points to 45.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the findings were seriously out of kilter with the government's achievements on fighting graft.
"We believe that Transparency International is a group with a definite degree of influence internationally and ought to conscientiously examine the objectiveness and fairness of the index," she told a daily news briefing in Beijing.
Beijing's low score matched a poor performance by Chinese companies in the watchdog's recent report on corporate disclosure practice.
"Grand corruption in big economies not only blocks basic human rights for the poorest but also creates governance problems and instability," TI Chairman Jose Ugaz said in a statement in the report.
It urged states ranked at the bottom of the index to take radical anti-graft steps in their people's interest. "Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don't export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries," Ugaz said.
Corruption undermines economic growth and efforts to stop graft tend to fade when even high level officials abuse their power to embezzle public funds for personal gain, he said.Last Mod: 03 Aralık 2014, 10:10