Monday, October 24, 2005
A survey by an international anti-corruption watchdog shows the Caribbean needs to do more to address corruption.
The 2005 Corruption Perceptions Index was published by Germany-based Transparency International.
Of the eight Caribbean nations listed in the index, only one gets a score higher than five out of a possible ten Barbados ranked at 24th.
Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Jamaica, Suriname, the Dominican Republic, Guyana all got ratings of below four which indicates serious to severe levels of corruption
Haiti is the lowest ranked Caribbean nation, at 155 out of 159. In this year's survey, the anti-corruption watchdog makes a strong link between poverty and corruption.
The Corruption Perceptions Index is a poll of polls, reflecting the views of business people, academics and public officials about how countries they live in or do business with are perceived.