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Barbados not listed on the 2015 Transparency International list

28 Jan 2016, 09:41 PM

By: Jeff

Barbados has escaped being listed on the 2015 Transparency International's (TI), Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Is this good or bad depends on who you ask, but it must be borne in mind that the CPI is based on PERCEPTION.

Barbados not listed on the 2015 Transparency International list could be a bad thing as it means no information, or insufficient information, was collected from the country during the year under review. Could it be that Barbados has not been providing the information needed to determine how corrupt it might be perceived to be?

There are 168 countries which made the list for 2015 with other Caribbean territories such as Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago with scores which could perceive them as corrupt. Why Barbados is not on the list is certainly interesting, and the country has never made it to the list although there is the perception that there is corruption at all levels.

Though this is the case the Barbadian government struggles with putting transparency legislation in place to protect citizens from themselves and others.

"What does a number mean to you? Each year we score countries on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. Our Corruption Perceptions Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to take notice and act.", states the Transparency International website.

Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, and it paints an alarming picture. Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index - a combination of polls - drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world. (Wikipedia)

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