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Jamaica maintains poor score in corruption report

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2012 | 6:28 AM

Jamaica maintained its low score as a country perceived to be suffering from corruption in the yearly Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rankings released by anti-corruption body Transparency International.

The 2012 report ranked Jamaica at 83 out of 176 countries with a score of 3.3. Last year Jamaica ranked 86 out of 182 countries, while scoring 3.3. In 2010 Jamaica scored 3.3 and was ranked 87 out of 178 countries.

The CPI measures it corruption score from one to 10, with 10 being perceived to be least corrupt and one as most corrupt.

In 10 years, Jamaica has never scored higher than 4.0 on TI’s CPI.

The CPI ranks countries according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

New Zealand was the country with the highest grade of 9.5, while Somalia was the lowest with one.

The report was released on December 5.