Hong Kong has been consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt places in the world.
Corruption-related international surveys have been important references for the ICAC to understand bribery risk in Hong Kong as well as in other places as seen from the perspective of international ranking agency.
Over the years, Hong Kong has consistently remained in the band of the top 20 jurisdictions with very low level of corruption in the world in Corruption Perceptions Index, the Rule of Law Index, World Competitiveness Yearbook, Worldwide Governance Indicators, and Perceptions of Corruption in Asia, the US and Australia.
The Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International is a composite indicator which aggregates data from a number of different data sources that provide perceptions of country analysts and business people of the level of corruption in the public sector.
The Rule of Law Index assesses the extent which countries/jurisdictions adhere to the rule of law in practice by examining eight factors, namely constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice.
Hong Kong is ranked the 7th among 64 economies in its overall competitiveness.
Hong Kong is ranked the 3rd most competitive place among 141 economies.
Hong Kong is ranked the 17th out of 213 countries and territories, the second highest in Asia, under the dimension of 'Control of Corruption'.
To contribute to the global development of anti-corruption strategies, the ICAC
- conducts research and analytical studies on issues pertaining to the fight against corruption;
- fosters cooperation with international and regional anti-corruption organisations and academic institutions to explore new initiatives to reduce and prevent corruption; and
- encourages scholarly exchanges through visits and thematic conferences/seminars.
Centre of Anti-Corruption Studies
The Centre of Anti-Corruption Studies (CACS), formerly known as the Centre of Anti-Corruption Studies and International Training, is a research arm of the International Cooperation Branch of the ICAC. The CACS:
- conducts research and analytical studies on issues pertaining to the fight against corruption locally, regionally and internationally;
- serves as a platform to promote ICAC"s anti-corruption strategy and philosophy and foster cooperation with international and regional anti-corruption organisations and academic institutions to explore new anti-corruption initiatives; and
- serves as a platform for scholarly exchange and collaboration with anti-corruption organisations and academic institutions from around the globe.