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T&T ranking improves on corruption index

Published: 
Friday, February 23, 2018
Dion Abdool, Chairman of T&T Transparency Institute, reads the Corruption Perception Index Report at the T&T Transparency Institute Enough! Stop Corruption Now Launch of the Corruption Perceptions Index at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope yesterday. PICTURE ANISTO ALVES

T&T has improved in its ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), moving from 101 in 2016, to 77 in 2017.

The country recorded a score of 41 to go with its improved ranking.

While 41 shows the need for T&T to still improve its CPI score, this is an improvement from its 2016 score of 35 and ranking of 101.

A zero scoring means that the particular country is highly corrupted.

Looking at the performance of other countries in the region,, Guyana scored 38 and ranked 91,Jamaica scored 44 and ranked 68 and Barbados scored 68 with a ranking of 25.

Commenting on T&T's position, David West, director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) said he was happy to see that T&T had moved up a couple notches on the CPI.

He suggested that T&T should implement an anti-corruption agency like Jamaica did.

"I want to see us (T&T) go the way of Jamaica, where they actually have an anti-corruption agency. I think that is something that we should be pushing to allow us to investigate and prosecute" West said, in an interview at the launch of CPI 2018 which was held yesterday at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt Hope.

West, said, "this institution (the anti-corruption agency) would be able to prosecute for corrupt practice of public officials, so I think that would be a step forward."

Commenting on the results, anti-corruption activist Afra Raymond said there were new metrics added to the scoring and the inclusion of those metrics assisted T&T to improve its score.

"Of course scoring 41 is less than 50 so it is a failing mark. We have a lot of room to work for improvement. We've had the appointment of a procurement board, which is an important development. We now have to insist that the procurement board let us know when they have completed their regulations and when they would be implementing the system fully."

Raymond added that institutions such as the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Integrity Commission and the Procurement board needed to be more accountable to the public, suggesting that this be done through Parliament.

"I believe that there should be a proper channel. A procedure needs to be developed for those important independent institutions, a protocol where they report to the public what is happening like reporting to the Parliament on a routine basis."

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