The methods used in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by Transparency International are not fully transparent and the index itself does not reflect the whole picture of Uzbekistan, Evgeny Kolenko, acting chief of the Higher Course of the Uzbekistan’s Prosecutor General's Office said Monday.
"To judge about the whole situation in a country by some separate metrics is definitely not correct. There are some rankings that we know about, for example, Corruption Perceptions Index, in which Uzbekistan has a low ranking, with ranking methods that are not fully transparent," he said during the meeting of the International Press Club.
Uzbekistan, according to Kolenko, since 2013 has shown positive trend in this ranking. If in 2013 our score was only 17, in 2016 it was 21. On a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt), the least corrupt countries - Denmark and New Zealand, for example, scored 90 points, he said.
"Of course, the current rank is not what we are looking forward to, in general I do not agree with this metrics, but Transparency International is a huge organization, with representative offices in over 100 countries." We cannot ignore its ranking, as this affects our reputation and image, "he said.
Kolenko stressed that CPI 2017 is due in January, and Uzbekistan has every reason to expect a significant climb, as the country this year undertook some fundamental anti-corruption reforms.