RIYADH, October 16, 2017 – Saudi Arabia has made major progress in tackling corruption, which has been reflected in the World Bank’s latest corruption control indicator. The Kingdom’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has said that the country has improved its score by 18 points in the 2016 indicator, its biggest leap in its efforts to curb corruption since entering the World Bank indicator report in 1996.
The indicator, which derives its information from surveys by research centers as well as opinions of experts in private and non-governmental organizations, takes into account all developed and developing nations.
A press release issued by Nazaha stated: “This came in the Worldwide Governance Indicators, which the World Bank publishes every year in six different governance dimensions including voice and accountability; political stability and absence of violence/terrorism; government effectiveness; regulatory quality; rule of law; and control of corruption for more than 200 countries.”
The statement to English-language newspaper Arab News added that the Kingdom’s progress is the result of major reform initiatives undertaken to achieve Vision 2030 goals, one of which is a zero-tolerance policy on corruption, so as to establish international best practices, improve governance and standards of accountability.
Dr Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al Muhaisen, president of Nazaha, recently remarked on the role of Vision 2030 in the Kingdom’s development, saying: “This step will move Saudi Arabia to the ranks of developed countries.” He also urged Saudi citizens to work together to achieve this goal. “The Kingdom is cooperating with the international community to protect integrity and fight corruption and is keen to participate in the promotion of efforts according to international law, treaties and covenants,” he added.
Saudi Arabia has improved its score on the Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International from 34 in 2007 to 46 in 2016, improving at an average annual rate of 3.82 percent.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, with corruption generally defined as “the misuse of public power for private benefit”. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).