Netherlands and Switzerland least corrupt'

2nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Businesses in the Netherlands and Switzerland are almost never faced with demands for bribes when doing business with the governments of these two countries.

Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International presented its Bribe Payers Index 2011 in Berlin on Wednesday. More than 3,016 businessmen from 30 countries were interviewed for the index. These 30 include the world’s main export nations. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Netherlands and Switzerland scored an 8.8, which means that companies in these two countries are least likely to be confronted with government officials demanding bribes.

Belgium came third with a score of 8.7, Germany and Japan ended up in 4th and 5th with an 8.6. Russia is in final position on the Bribe Payers Index with a 6.1. Economic giant China ended one-but-last with a 6.5. The rapporteurs of the international corruption watchdog found that India made the most significant progress compared to the previous Index, which was published in 2008. The south Asian nation saw its grade go up by 0.7 points to a 7.5.

Taiwan and Turkey were awarded the same grade; while Canada and the United Kingdom saw their rankings fall. Canada is now in a shared sixth position with an 8.5 The UK got an 8.3, good for a shared 8th place. Transparency International would like to see the G20, the organisation of the world’s 20 most industrialised nations, present anti-corruption proposals at the organisation’s summit in the French city of Cannes.

TI said it was cause for grave concern that China and Russia are failing so badly in their fight against corruption. These two countries are playing an increasingly prominent role on the global economic stage as a result of Russia’s huge oil and natural gas reserves and China’s large-scale investments in infrastructure and mining in African countries.

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