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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25, (Agencies): Kuwait has jumped five places to a rank of 73 out of 180 countries in a global index of perceived corruption, the country’s anti- corruption watchdog (Nazaha) said on Tuesday, citing a report by Transparency International. The annual report, which measures perceptions of corruption and graft, does not offer an in-depth analysis of corruption on a national level, leaving it up to concerned local bodies to handle the task. Based on global rankings, corruption remains prevalent in various parts of the globe, the report indicated, showing that 86 percent of countries have not showed even a slight improvement in their ranking.
Kuwait’s national watchdog stressed that there would be no letup in the fight against corruption, saying it would do everything necessary to rid the country of the scourge. Based in the German capital Berlin, Transparency International aims to expose corruption on a national level through its annual report, which ranks countries based on how pervasive corruption is. Most countries have made little to no progress in bringing down corruption levels over the past decade, and authorities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in many places has weighed on accountability, the study found Tuesday.