Barbados continues to climb up the rankings as one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
In the latest report for 2012 just released by Transparency International, this island moved up one notch to 15th, out of a total of 176 countries surveyed.
The Corruption Perception Index ranks countries and territories, based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
A country’s or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 -100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean.
Barbados scored 76 for its latest ranking of 15th, having been identified as less corrupt than all of its sister Caribbean neighbours, as well as the United States of America and no fewer than a dozen European nations including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Italy and Greece.
TI revealed that Barbados was the 17th least corrupt nation in 2010, moved to 16th the following year and is now 15th.
The global institution placed Denmark as the cleanest country in the world. In 2011, Barbados was tied at 16 with the UK a nd Austria, while Germany and Japan were levelled at 14.
However, Barbados now stands alone in the latest ranking, recording an improvement over Japan and the UK, which are now tied as the 17th most corrupt nations on the planet. Meanwhile the 2013 TI Global Corruption Barometer reported that political parties are considered the most corrupt institutions in the world, followed by police, the judiciary, congress or parliament and the appointed public officials that serve them. Or, rather, that serve private interests. Overwhelmingly, people believe their governments are run by lobbyists and corrupt to the core.
The global agency said an impressive one in four people paid a bribe to politicians or political appointees in the past year. The survey also found that in many countries the institutions people rely on to fight corruption and other crime are themselves not trusted. Thirty-six countries view their national police force as the most corrupt, and in those countries an average of 53 per cent of people had been asked to pay a bribe to the police to avoid a fine or jail. Another 20 countries view the judiciary as the most corrupt, and in those countries an average of 30 per cent of the people surveyed said they had been asked to pay under-the-table to avoid harsh penalties. (EJ)