Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh progressed one step forward in curbing corruption as the Transparency International (TI) on Thursday placed the country in 13th position compared to 12th last year in its global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011.

“We’ve achieved slight progress in reducing corruption scoring 2.7 points in CPI this year which is 0.3 points higher than last year,” Executive Director of Bangladesh chapter of graft watchdog Dr Iftekharuzzaman said while speaking at a press conference.

The Berlin-based global civil society group, campaigning against corruption, has been publishing the report every year since 1995. The report was published in Dhaka as well as other countries simultaneously on Thursday.

Among the South Asian countries, Bangladesh was ranked fourth, better than countries like Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Maldives but stands after Bhutan (5.7), Sri Lanka (3.3) and India (3.1).

Two Asian countries – Singapore (9.2) and Hong Kong (8.4) – placed themselves in the list of the best 10 countries, securing fourth and tenth spots respectively.

CPI is a composite index, a combination of polls, drawing on corruption-related data from experts and business surveys carried out by a variety of reputable independent institutions to assess the overall extent of graft in 183 nations.

BBN/SSR/AD-02Dec11-1:54 am (BST)