Barbados found to be least corrupt

Barbados has topped the list in Latin America and the
Caribbean as the country perceived to be the least corrupt in the region.

Its enviable ranking is contained in 2010 Corruption
Perception report by the international watchdog Transparency International.

Not only does TI place Barbados at the top of the Latin
Amercan and Caribbean region, the Caribbean nation is second only to Canada in
the entire Americas.

The United States is in fourth place while Chile is
third.  The Cayman Islands are not
included.

Globally, the Transparency International Corruption
Perception Index puts Barbados at a very high 17th where it is tied with Japan.

By comparison Britain is at number 20 and the United
States 22.

Three countries are tied for first place as being
perceived to be the least corrupt in the world – Denmark, New Zealand and
Singapore.

The only other Caricom state making the top 50 is
Dominica at 44 – and the other Caribbean territory in that bracket is Puerto
Rico, ranked at 33.

TI says its definition encompasses corrupt practices in
both the public and private sectors, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector.

Broadly speaking, the organisation says, the surveys and
assessments used to compile the index include questions relating to bribery of
public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public
funds, and questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of public sector
anti-corruption efforts.

By that criteria, Transparency International says Haiti
remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world rated at 146 out of 178
countries covered – although this is an improvement on last year.

Other Caribbean rankings

Other Caribbean country rankings on the global corruption
perception index are Cuba at 69, Trinidad and Tobago – 73, Jamaica comes in at
86, the Dominican Republic 101, Guyana 116 and Venezuela 164.

This year’s report does not include St Lucia, St Vincent
and the Grenadines, and Suriname. Transparency International says only two
sources of information were available this year.

At the bottom of the list globally, placing at 178 and
perceived to be the world’s most corrupt country, is Somalia.

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