Thailand placed 78th among 178 countries last year.
According to the latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on Thursday, Thailand received 3.4 points on a scale of 0-10, and ranked 80th among 183 countries on the list. Ten points means a country has a low corruption level, while zero equates to a high level of corruption.
Apart from its global position, Thailand was ranked 10th among 26 Asian countries, with Singapore getting the highest transparency score at 9.2 out of a possible 10.
Dr Juree said that this year Thailand shared the same rank as Columbia, El Salvador, Greece, Morocco and Peru.
Most countries on the list scored less than 50 per cent, Dr Juree said, noting that only 49 countries received more than 5 points.
New Zealand achieved 9.5 points and ranked first as the least corrupt globally, followed by Denmark and Finland at 9.4 points, while Somalia and North Korea jointly rated the most corrupt in the world with a 1.0 point score.
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.
Dr Juree said that the CPI index as a tool encourages governments and the public worldwide to realise the severe impact of corruption, both domestic and international, in order to jointly tackle the problem.
She said the awareness of corruption in Thailand is growing, and that many sectors have taken part in battling the problem.
She also praised Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for launching its “Growing Good” programme. This initiative aims to empower Thai youths in kindergarten to grade three by teaching them social values and ethics to fight corruption more lastingly over the longer term.
Report by : MCOT