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Christie says Jamaica's corruption ranking drop is not surprising

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:41 PM
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Former Contractor General, Greg Christie, says Jamaica’s fall in the international corruption ranking is not surprising.



Since Greg Christie ended his tenure as Contractor General in 2012, he has remained a consistent critic of the Government's actions which he feels are not promoting good governance.



He has used the latest Transparency International rankings to highlight gaps in Jamaica's anti-corruption efforts and chide the administration for not doing enough.



In a wide-ranging response on Twitter this morning, Christie lashed the People’s National Party administration for exhibiting what he calls a clear discomfort with best practices in anti-corruption, good governance, a strong rule of law, transparency and accountability.



He asserts that the fight against corruption begins with exemplary political leadership from the government of the day.



Meanwhile, Christie says Transparency International’s dismal corruption perception rankings for Jamaica are consistent with other global and domestic assessments which have been carried out on the country.



He says the passing of International Monetary Fund tests will not bring foreign-direct investments and sustainable growth to Jamaica until and unless corruption is pro-actively addressed.



Christie says the Government needs to take serious stock of the persistent global and domestic perceptions which say that the country is plagued with a systemic corruption problem.



According to him, nothing less than a radical transformation in leadership, and in the country's anti-corruption institutional regime, will suffice.



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