Guyana still perceived as highly corrupt – Transparency International

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Out of some 168 countries, Guyana has once again made a deep plunge into the waters of corruption with its number 119 ranking on the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) with a score of 29.
transparencyGuyana has maintained that score since the TI’s 2014 report. It is tied with Russia, Azerbaijan, and Sierra Leone.
The Corruption Perception Index is based on expert opinions on Public Sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by open government where the public can hold leaders to account, while a poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery, lack of punishment for corruption, and public institutions that do not respond to citizens’ needs.
According to TI, corruption is still a major problem around the world, but more countries are improving than worsening and the United States and United Kingdom have reached their best rankings ever.
“The 2015 Corruption Perception Index clearly shows that corruption remains blight around the world,” said Transparency head Jose Ugaz. “But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption – people across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption.”
Brazil, in the midst of a massive corruption scandal at the State-owned oil company Petrobras, posted the biggest decline, falling five points to a score of 38 and dropping seven positions to 76th place.
Transparency noted that in places like Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana, citizen activists have “worked hard to drive out the corrupt”.
Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries studied scored below 50 and the global average was 43.
Denmark remained at the top of the Index, a closely watched global barometer, for the second consecutive year as the country perceived as least corrupt. It scored 91 points out of a possible 100, while North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with unchanged scores of eight.
The US moved up one spot this year to 16th place with a score of 76, tying with Austria. The UK moved up three spots to place 10th, with a score of 81 that tied it with Germany and Luxembourg. The other top spots, from second to ninth, were occupied by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada.
Despite so many countries in the top 10, Transparency said there was still a lot of room for improvement in Europe and Central Asia, which it grouped as one region, saying “in low-scorers Hungary, Poland and Turkey, politicians and their cronies are increasingly hijacking State institutions to shore up power”.
“It’s even grimmer further down the Index,” the organisation continued. “In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and others, Governments are restricting, if not totally stifling, civil society and free media.”
Still, Transparency said, it was a good sign that 64 countries improved their score, while only 53 declined. The others were unchanged.

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  1. Guyana still perceived as highly corrupt – Transparency International
    Ah like how the Hitla people said dont put people in position just to fill it up with your own…PNC at it again and this time no one can stop them..Just like in the 80s up at land n mines office the likkle PNC gurl cant spell hundred and you can hear she so loud and proud asking ” oswal oswal is how to spell hundred again” even oswal was stuttering to spell hundred…thats pnc people in high office for you.

  2. So here we are having stupid PNC supporter blasting Mr.Jagdeo for the PPP being corrupted while the world stats released today show that Guyana has made ZERO improvement to resolve corruption and remains @ the TOP of the list for one of the world’s most corrupted country! -Read Glen Lall report on Kaieteur News where Greenidge is making dumb comments that it will take years to address corruption- Hmmm, wait a minute here: During the Election Campaign, Granger openly duped the public that the PNC will not tolerate corruption -So why the words has changed? hmm-Is it because these guys are proven to also be corrupted so it by the time their office term is over – they will have excuses? So what were these ‘jagabats’ installed to do for the PNC? Take loans, spike crime, crash economy and close down businesses? So far if these ministers have made ZERO progress according to world report, what have they done to deserve increase in salary….or wait a min….PPP done rape the local Guyanese so its time for PNC to rape it? Is this how it works? The ABC countries could care less….all they want is OIL

  3. This is Guyana under the APNU-AFC govement
    MORE corruption. Where are the ABC countries that help put them in power??? Are they now turning a blind eye on the situation?

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