Public confidence in Vietnam’s fight against corruption has improved for the second straight year, according to a recent global survey. Former PVC Chairman Trinh Xuan Thanh who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption (Photo from tinmoi.vn) The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released by Transparency International on February 21, ranked Vietnam 107th out of 180 economies based on the perceptions of experts and businesspeople. Vietnam scored 35 on a scale from 0 for deep-rooted, systemic corruption to 100 for a very clean environment. Last year it ranked 113th out of 176 economies with a score of 33, an improvement from 31 in 2012. The country’s corruption crackdown intensified last year, with scores of businesspeople and former government officials jailed, a factor that boosted consumer optimism for 2018, according to a Financial Times survey. Vietnam remained in the bottom half of the 2017 CPI but was one of the few countries that showed signs of improvement, with most others making no progress in their efforts to end corruption. More than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with the average coming in at 43. Among the Top 10, led by New Zealand, only Luxembourg saw its score go up, from 81 to 82, while the remainder either remained unchanged or slipped.