St. Lucia and The Bahamas have been jointly ranked the second least corrupted countries in the Caribbean, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 report which was released yesterday, Dec. 5.
“The 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 – 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean,” the report states.
St. Lucia and The Bahamas are ranked 22 worldwide with a score of 71 points. St. Lucia has improved by three places, as in 2011 it was ranked 25 worldwide.
The report reveals that Barbados has the lowest level of corruption in the Caribbean (score 76 with a global ranking of 15) while Haiti has the highest (score 19 or 165 global ranking).
A total of 176 countries and territories worldwide were ranked.