Jordan drops down on Corruption Perceptions Index

22 February 2018

Jordan drops down on Corruption Perceptions Index

Amman - AL Gad Newspaper- The Rashid Collation for Integrity and Transparency, announced that Jordan got 48 degrees out of 100 degree on Transparency and Integrity Index which is issued by Transparency International and include 180 countries, including 21 Arab countries, which is the same score as that of Jordan in 2016, although in previous years Jordan achieved higher scores. In terms of ranking, "Rashid" announced Thursday in a statement received by "Al Ghad" Newspaper that Jordan's ranking drop to 59th out of 180 countries, compared with 57th out of 176 countries in 2016.


The coalition pointed out that despite the adoption of Jordan's approval of a package of laws to combat corruption, Jordan has got the same degree for two consecutive years, due to several reasons, including; failure to comply fully with the commitments made by the Jordanian government at the anti-corruption summit of 2016; non-disclosure of data on anti-corruption issues; lack of transparency principles governing the work of state-owned enterprises; lack of transparency in appointments to senior leadership positions in the public sector; decline in the judicial representation at the level of implementation in many of corruption cases announced, in addition to lack of clarity on the mechanisms of the state budget and the lack of disclosure of these mechanisms to the citizens, which create an obstacle for them to exercise their accountability role. The series of restrictions on civil society organizations and journalists also create a form of pressure on social accountability, and finally there is still an obstacle to investment through small corruption of bribery, nepotism, and favoritism.


Rashid recommended ensuring full compliance and harmonization of relevant legislation with the United Nations Convention on anti-Corruption; ensuring that data on anti-corruption and transparency issues are regularly updated and published in the annual reports of all relevant ministries, and made available to the public within a specified period of time; promoting transparency in the public sector by including relevant legislation on specific requirements for public disclosure and periodically publishing the information contained in the declarations. The government should also adopt transparent principles for state-owned enterprises to strengthen its governance and protect it from corruption, ensure the right of access to information and include mandatory provisions to disclose information that preserve public interest, in addition, Rashid recommended the formation of a parliamentary committee for security and defense, and amendment of the relevant legislation to ensure greater access of the parliament to information related to the security services and their personnel.


The results of this year, revealed significant decline for many countries in the world, but the Arab region witnessed a significant decline in the results of the index. However, Tunisia has raised one degree, and Morocco three degrees.


On the international level, New Zealand topped the list with 89 points, followed by Denmark 88 and Finland 85. These countries share characteristics such as open government, freedom of the press, independent judiciary, civil liberties, and freedom of expression and access to information.


The lowest countries on the index include Syria 14, South Sudan 12, while the country that achieved the lowest score is Somalia, where it achieved only 9 degrees. They all share weakness of institutions, absence of the rule of law, spread of impunity, restriction and repression of public freedoms, weakness of civil society institutions, and the lack of transparency in public finances.



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