Transparency International has released its 2017 annual report on February 21, 2018. under the title: “Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of countries. Analysis of results from Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption.”
Also the organization said in a statement: “An index released today by Transparency International, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, reveals some disturbing information – despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts.” .. “further analysis of the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.”
The index, which ranks 180 countries and classifies them into four categories according to their transparency which are: “very clean”, “clean”, “semi-corrupt” and “very corrupt”. The Sultanate of Oman scored (44) out of (100) which classifies it as “semi-corrupt” ranking 68 out of 168 countries and fifth place in the Arab world. The index assesses countries annually in terms of bribery, nepotism and the abuse of power. Oman’s ranking fell 4 places compared to the last index.