Hong Kong edged down one place to take the 18th rank in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Wednesday.
The city was in a tie with Japan and Ireland in a ranking among 168 countries and areas, while Taiwan was placed in the 30th position and mainland China was ranked 83rd.
Singapore, a key rival of Hong Kong, was in the 8th place, the highest in the Asia and making it cleanest in the region.
Globally, Denmark, Finland and Sweden once again took the top three spots
Following the announcement by Transparency International, Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption said a few cases related to the anti-graft agency may have affected interviewees’ perception on transparency standards here.
It pointed out that the city’s scores in seven individual surveys which gave rise to the ranking were either up or unchanged, indicating there was no real deterioration, Ming Pao Daily reported.
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