Thailand’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020 was 36, and the country was ranked No. 104 among180 countries and territories and came fifth among ASEAN countries.
According to an announcement made by Transparency International on 28 January 2021, Thailand’s score in the CPI 2020 was the same as the score it received in 2019.
The top countries in 2020 were Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88 each, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each. The bottom countries were Somalia and South Sudan, with scores of 12 each. As in previous years, more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Niwatchai Kasemmongkol said that, in order to curb corruption, Transparency International recommended that various countries should 1) strengthen oversight institutions, 2) ensure open and transparent contracting, 3) defend democracy and promote civic space, and 4) publish relevant data and guarantee access.
Mr. Niwatchai said that, from the results of the CPI 2020, especially concerning the corruption situation in Thailand, the Government needs to seriously tackle this problem for greater transparency in the operations of state agencies. Moreover, the business sector, civil society, and the general public must be aware of their intolerance of corruption. Their joint anti-corruption efforts would help increase Thailand’s score in the CPI.
As the core agency in the prevention and suppression of corruption in Thailand, NACC would work with various relevant organizations in an integrated manner to improve the corruption situation in the country, he said.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department