Bhutan maintains its rank and score in the TI’s CPI 2019

Transparency International (TI) released its 25th annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today on 23 January 2020.
Bhutan has maintained its 25th rank and score of 68, as in the CPI 2018. Bhutan’s score of 68 is significantly above the global average score of 43 where more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50. Similar to previous years, the CPI reveals that despite some progress, a majority of countries are still failing to tackle public sector corruption effectively. 

In the Asia Pacific Region, Bhutan’s position has also remained the same (6th out of 31 assessed) and this has been the trend since 2012.

Bhutan’s CPI rank and score at global and regional level since 2012

Denmark and New Zealand tops this year’s index with score of 87 each. On the other hand, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria continues to be at the bottom of the index. 
To construct Bhutan’s score and rank for 2019, four data sources namely, World Bank’s Country Policy & Institutional Assessment; Global Insight Country Risk Ratings; Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index; and Varieties of Democracy Project were used. While the score for the first two data remains almost same as previous year, there is slight decrease in the score of Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index and Varieties of Democracy Project.

TI’s CPI provides an annual picture of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the world. This is the 14th consecutive year that Bhutan has been ranked and scored by the index.

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