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Opposition alarmed at drop in corruption index ranking

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 1:48 AM

The Opposition People’s National Party says it’s alarmed by the significant deterioration in Jamaica’s ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) results for 2016.

In the latest CPI ranking released this week, Jamaica slipped 14 places to be ranked 83rd out of 176 countries.

Spokesperson on Justice and Governance Senator Mark Golding said this is in stark contrast to the advancement of 16 places achieved in 2015.

Golding says Jamaica was one of only 11 countries in the 2015 index with improved rankings by 16 or more places and that the country also moved closer to being among the least corrupt in the Americas.

He asserts that Jamaica’s improved ranking in 2015 resulted from a deliberate and diligently executed strategy of pursuing the enactment of legislation to promote good governance and strengthen transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

According to him, there has been a real loss of momentum in Jamaica’s efforts to combat corruption since the change of Administration in February 2016.

Senator Golding says national growth and development targets are therefore threatened by the damage to the country’s international image and reputation that this unwelcome trend is bringing with it.