Transparency International has released its Corruption Perceptions Index 2021, with Georgia ranking 45th among 180 countries and territories worldwide, and above all Eastern European and Central Asian states.
In the index, which measures sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, Georgia has received 55 points out of a total 100, a one-point decrease compared to the previous year.
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Only three countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions scored above the global average of 43: Georgia (55), Armenia (49) and Montenegro (46), while Turkmenistan (19), Tajikistan (25) and Kyrgyzstan (27) are at the bottom of the ranking in the region.
Transparency International has noted “concentration of power is a substantial concern in Georgia,” adding the ruling party “Georgian Dream has in recent years solidified its grasp on the judiciary and law enforcement bodies, effectively killing the political momentum needed to fight corruption.”
TI Georgia has also highlighted the fact Georgia's score has not improved significantly since 2012, noting it “indicates the stagnation of anti-corruption reforms in the country.”
The organisation added Georgia’s score in Corruption Perceptions Index 2021 was “prepared based on the research by reputable international organisations, each containing the assessment of the situation prevailing in various countries with regard to corruption.”
Denmark and Finland top the global index with 88 points, while Somalia, Syria and South Sudan come last, with 13, 13 and 11, respectively.