The UAE has ranked as the Middle East’s least corrupt country, and the world’s 21st cleanest country, according to a new global study.
The UAE scored 71 out of 100 in the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index published by Berlin-based Transparency International.
New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland topped the list of 180 countries, scoring 89, 88 and 85 respectively.
The index, which gives an overview of the perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), indicated that the UAE had improved over previous years.
These results were due to "good and efficient management of public finances, improved public procurement and better access to public services and infrastructure", said Transparency International is comments published by state news agency WAM.
WAM added that the UAE has a zero-tolerance policy on corruption and has taken many steps via comprehensive legislative provisions that include the UAE Penal Code, or Federal Law No. 03 of 1987.
Various ministries and government departments have also published several codes of conduct to ensure probity in their organisations, reflecting the UAE government’s commitment to corporate governance, transparency and accountability.
The UAE is also a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2003 and the Arab Anti-corruption Convention, adopted by the League of Arab States in 2010.
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