Thailand scored poorly in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) because of its political system, a lack of transparency concerning government officials, compromised press freedom and a low level of public participation in national affairs, observers said.
According to Munroe, "Jamaica's performance in 2017 reflected an improvement in score on the Corruption Perception Index from 38 to 44 on a scale of zero to 100 and a jump upwards of some 15 places from number 83 of 176 countries in 2016 to number 68 of 180 countries in 2017".
The TI index measure countries on the perception of corruption in public sector.
Out of the 180 countries surveyed, New Zealand has snatched the top spot from Denmark this year, although both countries registered lower scores than in last years' index, with Somalia retaining its position at the bottom of the index.
The index released on Wednesday by Transparency International, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, reveals some disturbing information - despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts.
The index evaluates countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, using corruption-related data collected by governance and business experts. The analysis, which incorporates data from Committee to Protect Journalists, showed that in the last six years, 9 out of 10 journalists killings of journalists happened in countries that score 45 or less on the index. Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34) are the poorest performing regions.
Many countries face substantially different issues in their efforts to curb corruption.
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Singapore was ranked the least corrupt country in the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy's 2017 Report on Corruption in Asia - a position it has held since 1995.
The TI found that nearly all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries.
The World Competitiveness Yearbook gave Thailand a score of 43, down one point from a year ago.
In 2015, Ghana improved slightly on 2014's figure with a rank of 56 out of 168 countries and a score of 47.
However, the countries that have slipped in the worldwide ranking, include Syria - whose civil war will enter its eighth year in March - and Yemen, where fighting has raged for more than three years.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Transparency International's CPI ranks countries by their perceived level of corruption. "It is important, however, for governments to not only invest in an appropriate legal framework for such laws, but also commit to their implementation", said the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.