BARBADOS LEAST CORRUPT CARIBBEAN TERRITORY, NEW SURVEY CLAIMS
Barbados is the least corrupt island in the Caribbean, says Transparency International, an organization dedicated to fighting that scourge on a global scale.
The agency described corruption hurts ordinary people every day across the region, which when they speak out about it, far too often they face retaliation. Almost two thirds of people that Transparency International surveyed for Latin America and the Caribbean said that corruption had risen in the 12 months prior to when they were questioned in October 2017. More than half, 53 percent, said that their government is failing to address corruption.
Transparency International recently released its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople.
Barbados, at #25, had the highest corruption ranking in the immediate region. This as St Vincent and the Grenadines ranked #40, Dominica #42, Saint Lucia #48 and Grenada ranked #52. Jamaica was ranked #68, Trinidad and Tobago #77 and Guyana #91.
Topping the Transparency International corruption perception list for 2017 was New Zealand, followed by Denmark and Finland respectively. Canada and the United Kingdom were ranked #8, the United States #16, Spain #42, and China #77.
This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.
Transparency International said one in five of the journalists killed since 2012 were covering a corruption story.