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Morocco’s international corruption rank drops continuing four-year decline

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In the latest corruption perception index for the year 2022, Morocco has witnessed a significant decline in its corruption standing with a score of 38 out of 100.

This drop marks a continued trend of regression for the country over the past four years, according to the latest report by the National Authority For Integrity And The Prevention And Fight Against Corruption (INPPLC).

The corruption perception index, a key benchmark for assessing the prevalence of corruption in various countries, noted that in 2018, Morocco ranked 43rd out of 180 countries. Morocco has since continued achieving a consistent decline.

The downward trajectory began in 2019, with a score of 41 out of 100, followed by a slight reduction to 40 in 2020. 

The trend continued in 2021 with a further drop to 39. The latest index for 2022 reveals a score of 38.

This decline has also impacted Morocco’s global ranking within the index. In 2018, Morocco held the 37th position out of 180 countries, but by 2022, it has slipped to the 94th position out of 180. This represents a substantial drop, indicating a growing perception of corruption within the country.

At the Arab level, Morocco ranked in the 9th position in 2022 and was preceded by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait, and Bahrain. While it was followed by twelve other countries, including Algeria, Mauritania, Lebanon, Iraq, the Comoros Islands, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia.

On the African continent, Morocco secured a mid-range position, ranking ahead of eleven countries, including South Africa (100/43), Ghana (100/43), Senegal (100/43).

The report explained that Morocco’s decline in the Corruption Index is intertwined with setbacks in the Judicial Effectiveness Index and the Government Integrity Index, both parts of the Economic Freedom Index. 

The latter noted that Morocco has experienced a deterioration, particularly in the index related to judicial effectiveness, where it scored 100/32.8, and a setback in the index concerning government integrity, receiving a score of 100/38.7.

Transparency International had previously noted in a report that Morocco had fallen seven places in the international Corruption Perceptions Index ranking for 2022, compared to 2021.

The report also showed that corruption had remained a major challenge in the country.

The organization reported that 31% of recipients of public services had to pay a bribe in the last twelve months. 51% of respondents in the country believed that corruption had increased over the past twelve months.

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