The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has worked actively with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, in carrying out various projects in an effort to increase Thailand’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index.
NACC Deputy Secretary-General Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, in his capacity as NACC Spokesperson, stated that NACC had integrated its anti-corruption operations with those of all relevant organizations, especially in terms of the prevention and suppression of corruption and asset inspection.
He said that Transparency International would announce the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020 on 28 January 2021 at about 12.00 hr (Thailand Time).
Thailand’s score in the CPI 2019 was 36. (On the scale of 0-100, low scores show higher levels of corruption.) The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Among the 180 countries, Thailand was ranked No. 101, and came sixth among ASEAN countries. The top country in ASEAN was Singapore, with the score of 85.
The top countries in 2019 were New Zealand and Denmark, with scores of 87 each, tied for ranking 1, followed by Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), and Switzerland (85).
Mr. Niwatchai pointed out that CPI would serve as an indication to encourage the public and private sector, civil society, media organizations, and the general public in Thailand to be aware of combating corruption more seriously.
He said that corruption is regarded as a criminal offence and that it is an obstacle to national development, making it difficult for Thailand to pull itself out of poverty and disparities. All sectors of society need to show their sincerity and seriousness in tackling the corruption problem and strengthening their intolerance of corruption.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department