The 2014 Corruption Perception Index released by the German-based Transparency International (TI) lists Haiti as the most corrupt country in the Caribbean.
The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A country or territory’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories in the index.
Eight of the countries named in the report are from the Caribbean with Haiti being ranked 161.
Guyana is the second highest ranked Caribbean country at 124 while Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica share position number 85.
Jamaica’s Corruption Perception index (CPI) score remains 38 out of 100, which means corruption is widespread in the country’s public sector.
Barbados is the least corrupt CARICOM country, according to Transparency International, which placed the island at 17th in the world.
The other Caribbean countries ranked by Transparency International are Bahamas at 24th, St Vincent and the Grenadines 29th, Dominica at 39th and Cuba at position 63.
“Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries,” said Transparency International.