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Jamaica 83 in world corruption ranking

Somalia the most corrupt nation

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 | 12:55 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica was ranked 83 out of 174 counties in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) compiled by watchdog organisation Transparency International.

That is the island’s best ranking in five years as it placed 86th last year, 87th in 2010, 99th in 2009 and 96th in 2008.

The CPI scores countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The index measures the perception of corruption in the public sector.

Other regional neighbours, Barbados (15), Bahamas (22), St Lucia (22), Puerto Rico (33), Dominica (41), Cuba (58) and Trinidad and Tobago (80) ranked better than Jamaica.

Somalia bottomed out in the annual ranking of the perceived corruption of nations, joining Afghanistan and North Korea.

Transparency International's annual CPI, released Wednesday, shows Somalia ranked at 174. Botswana was the highest of all African nations, coming in at 30. Nigeria was ranked at 139 and South Africa at 69.

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