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Bahamas ranks third in region on transparency index

The Bahamas ranked third in the region and 21st in the world on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2011 report, which means that it is perceived as a notably transparent country.

In the region, Canada ranked number one and Barbados ranked number two.  Haiti was the lowest ranked in the region.

The report was published by Transparency International, which is a “global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption”.

The CPI (2011) report, which is up to date as of November, measures the perceived levels of corruption in the public sector in 183 countries and territories around the world.

The report states that a country/territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 -10, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 10 means that a country is perceived as very clean.

According to the report, “The CPI focuses on corruption in the public sector, or corruption which involves public officials, civil servants or politicians.”

The Bahamas ranked third in the Americas with a score of 7.3, scoring higher than the United States, Chile, France, Portugal and many other countries.

New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Singapore ranked in the top five in the world..

Usbekistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, North Korea and Somalia ranked in the bottom five.

Barbados tied for 16th in the world with Austria and the UK.

“The 2011 CPI draws on 17 data sources from 13 institutions,” the report said.

“The information used for the 2011 CPI is survey data from sources gathered between December 2009 and September 2011.

“The CPI includes only sources that provide a score for a set of countries/territories and which measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector,” the report said.

The report further indicated that, “The data sources used to compile the index include questions relating to the abuse of public power and focuses on bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and on questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in the public sector.”

Transparency International Managing Director Cobus de Swardt noted that, “2011 saw the movement for greater transparency take on irresistible momentum, as citizens around the world demand accountability from their governments.

“High-scoring countries show that over time efforts to improve transparency can, if sustained, be successful and benefit their people.”

A country/territory is included on the index only if it has a minimum of three of the CPI’s sources.

Sources include the World Bank – Country Performance and Institutional Assessment, and the World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey (EOS), 2011 to name a few.

Therefore, “inclusion in the index is not an indication of the existence of corruption but rather dependent solely on the availability of sufficient information”.

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