Dec 6, 2012

Cambodia - Cambodia's corruption ranking improves slightly

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Cambodia remains one of the world's 20 most corrupt countries surveyed by German-based Transparency International although its ranking has improved slightly over the past year.

Rath Sophorn, chairman of Transparency International Cambodia, said Cambodia ranked 157th out of 176 countries this year compared with 164 out of 183 countries last year.

"Cambodia still has a high level of corruption. To reduce corruption in the country, we have to reinforce the anti-corruption law," he said.

"To ensure transparency and accountability, we ask the government to adopt an access to information law," he added. Such a law would enable citizens to get information on national budget plans, public tenders "and other important information."

Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, said "all Cambodians should be able to get proper health care and education without bribery."

New Zealand, Denmark and Finland were ranked as the least corrupt countries this year while Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea were the most corrupt.

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