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Taiwan less corrupt: Transparency International survey

2010/10/27 00:44:03

Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA) Taiwan moved up four places in this year’sCorruption Perception Index (CPI) , ranking 33rd among 178 countriesin the annual survey, Transparency International Taiwan (TIT)announced on Tuesday.

Taiwan ranked sixth in the Asia-Pacific region, trailing NewZealand, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, according to thesurvey.

Presidential Office Spokesman Lo Chih-chiang welcomed the resultbut said there is still much room for improvement.

"Clean governance is a core value of President Ma Ying-jeou'sadministration. The improved ranking shows the government'santi-corruption initiative has proven effective," he said.

Lo said in the past two and half years President Ma andgovernment officials at all levels have pushed vigorously for a cleangovernment, citing the passage of various anti-corruption laws inorder to stop the "red envelope" practice that has long existed inChinese culture.

The spokesman pointed out that in 2000 Taiwan's ranking shot upto 28th but quickly moved down after the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) headed by former President Chen Shui-bian became the rulingparty. Chen is currently detained on charges of money laundering andcorruption.

Echoing Lo's comments, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) pledged toto take further steps to improve conditions in the future.

The Germany-based Transparency International is a globalcoalition to monitor anti-corruption efforts by governments aroundthe world. The organization defines corruption as the abuse ofentrusted power for private gain. The 2010 CPI draws on informationgathered from business opinion surveys carried out by independent andreputable institutions.

Taiwan's ranking fluctuated between 25th and 35th place from1995-2007. In 2008, Taiwan dropped to 39th and moved back to 37th thefollowing year.

(By Garfei Li, Sherry Tang and Jenny W. Hsu)