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Jordan ranks 1st regionally, 57th globally on GRP’s Global Corruption Index

By JT - Nov 29,2021 - Last updated at Nov 29,2021

AMMAN — Jordan achieved a high rank on the Global Corruption Index (GCI) released by the Global Risk Profile (GRP), a leading Swiss company in compliance services, coming first regionally and 57th globally on a scale of 196 countries worldwide.

The Kingdom recorded a low danger level of 38.04 points on a 0-100 scale, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

Former minister and international anti-corruption expert Muhieddine Touq on Monday said that the GRP is the only company that takes into consideration real and perceived corruption cases when calculating the final points, unlike the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International, according to Petra.

Transparency International depends on its measures of people's perceptions, he said, adding that the GRP relies on announcements by the concerned bodies of the cases addressed, success rates, issued verdicts and recoveries.

Touq stressed that the recent efforts of the Jordan Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (JIACC) reflected positively on Jordan's score, especially since the GRP receives its data from 11 sources, including the UN, the Davos Forum, the World Bank and Transparency International.

He added that the GRP depends on its evaluation of 43 indexes categorised in four fields, the first of which is the accreditation of regional and global agreements, where Jordan ranked first regionally for its contribution to establishing and announcing the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network.

Touq added that the second category is the level of perceived corruption, which is based on reports from Transparency International, the World Bank and the International Judicial Institution.

In this regard, he referred to the positive effect of Jordan's score to the recent judicial development in Jordan and verdicts issued in corruption cases, all of which are issued by JIACC.

The former minister said that the third category depends on corruption cases announced in the private and public sectors, which in turn depends on real corruption cases announced, the World Bank annotations and other regulatory bodies.

The fourth category depends on the general administrative and financial environment of countries, particularly on recording citizens' participation and election date regulations, the Kingdom's development in the electronic government process, releasing reports of the Audit Bureau, enhancement of financial management, judicial independence and freedom of expression, he added.

In a related context, an official source at the JIACC said that these results came due to “the enhanced level of professionalism” in the past three years through upgrading its departments, technical units and expertise.

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