Jamaica drops two spaces on corruption index
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The latest Transparency International Corruption Perception index (CPI) is out and Jamaica has dropped two spaces.
The index ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
Jamaica is now ranked 85th out of 175 countries, two places lower than the 83rd ranking it received over the last two years.
However, Jamaica's CPI score remains 38 out of 100, which means corruption is very pervasive in the country’s public sector.
A country's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0-100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean.
Jamaica has an average corruption perception score of 35 out of 100, and has never scored higher than 40 out of 100 in any year.
Seven English-speaking Caribbean countries were ranked this year: Barbados, Bahamas, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana.
Barbados leads the CARICOM region achieving a rank of 17 out of 175 and a CPI score of 74, one less than it received last year.
The lowest ranked CARICOM countries are Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica who share the same position, Guyana which is ranked 124 and Haiti at 161.
Transparency International says this year's corruption perception index does not show significant movement in the scores of the countries in the Americas.
It says this stagnation is not good as it means each year that passes without improvement is a lost year for the process of strengthening state institutions and the improvement of the quality of life of people.
Just like last year, Denmark and New Zealand were the countries with the best rankings, suggesting they are the countries the least suffering from corruption.
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