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Jamaica drops 14 places on 2016 corruption index

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 1:24 AM

Jamaica has fallen 14 places on the latest corruption index released by Transparency International.

According to the 2016 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released last night Jamaica has been ranked 83rd out of 176 countries for 2016, that's 14 places worse than its 69th place in 2015.

The decline comes as a key anti-corruption bill languishes in the Parliament and continues to face criticisms that it is weak.

Meanwhile, Jamaica has also seen a drop in its CPI score which is now at 39 out of 100, two places lower than the 41 attained in 2015.

Based on the CPI rankings, zero is seen as highly corrupt and 100 as very clean.

According to Transparency International, more than half the countries ranked this year scored below 50, highlighting problems with corruption and inequality.

It added that more countries declined than improved in the latest results and shows the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption.

Denmark and New Zealand share the top spot as the least corrupt countries while Somalia is the most corrupt.

The Bahamas at 24th is the best placed in the English-speaking Caribbean country.