On November 4, 2017, King Salman ordered the launch of a Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee in Saudi Arabia as part of an active reform agenda aimed at tackling a persistent problem that has hindered development efforts in the Kingdom in recent decades. Saudi authorities have said that tens of billions of US dollars had been misappropriated through corruption and embezzlement, spanning several decades.
The World Bank's latest corruption-control indicator reflected significant progress in Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption campaign. Nazaha said in October that the Kingdom had improved its score by 18 points in the 2016 indicator, its biggest leap since entering the World Bank indicator report in 1996. According to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of 2016 issued by Transparency International, Saudi Arabia is ranked 62nd out of 176 countries.
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