The 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index placed Lebanon at the 143rd spot out of 180 countries and 14th out of 20 countries in Middle East and North Africa. The report did state that Lebanon is taking small yet positive steps towards fighting corruption and increasing transparency and integrity, like the passage of the Access to Information Law, Lebanon joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the ratification of the national budget for the first time since 2005.

In terms of Arab countries, the UAE ranked first, followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan & Oman. War-torn Syria, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan and Libya ranked last regionally and globally.

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