Armenia Doesn’t Even Get A Satisfactory Mark

ARMENIA DOESN’T EVEN GET A SATISFACTORY MARK

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[05:41 pm] 06 November, 2006

"Corruption traps millions in poverty," said Transparency International
Chair Huguette Labelle during the launching of the 2006 Corruption
Perceptions Index (CPI) by Transparency International (TI). It
points to a strong correlation between corruption and poverty, with
a concentration of impoverished states at the bottom of the ranking.

The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index is a composite index that draws
on multiple expert opinion surveys that poll perceptions of public
sector corruption in 163 countries around the world, the greatest
scope of any CPI to date. It scores countries on a scale from zero
to ten, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and
ten indicating low levels of perceived corruption.

"Despite a decade of progress in establishing anti-corruption laws and
regulations, today’s results indicate that much remains to be done
before we see meaningful improvements in the lives of the world’s
poorest citizens", Mr. Labelle said.

A strong correlation between corruption and poverty is evident in
the results of the CPI 2006. Countries with a significant worsening
in perceived levels of corruption include: Brazil, Cuba, Israel,
Jordan, Laos, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and the
United States. Countries with a significant improvement in perceived
levels of corruption include: Algeria, Czech Republic, India, Japan,
Latvia, Lebanon, Mauritius, Paraguay, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan
and Uruguay.

The weak performance of many countries indicates that the facilitators
of corruption continue to assist political elites to launder, store and
otherwise profit from unjustly acquired wealth, which often includes
looted state assets.

According to the report, the CPI of Armenia is 2.9 which has remained
unchanged in comparison with that of last year. If the CPI is less than
"3", is means that corruption is wide-spread in the country.

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