Ghana ranks 93rd out of 163 countries in the 2006 corruption perception index published in November by the international watchdog organisation Transparency International (TI). The West African country scored 3.3 out of 10 points (with 10 being the highest score) the same as in 1999 and 0.2 points less than in 2005. The highest score obtained by the country is 3.9, which was achieved in 2002.

The government has expressed its disappointment with the ranking, saying it fails to reflect the numerous measures that have been taken recently to fight corruption in the country. These, it says, include the public procurement act, the financial administration act, the whistle-blowers act and the internal auditors act.

The TI annual corruption index ranks countries according to the degree corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. It is compiled on the basis of surveys from numerous business people and country analysts including the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the World Economic Forum and the World Market Research Centre. This year Finland, Iceland and New Zealand ranked joint first with 9.6 points while Haiti came last with 1.8.

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