Grenada’s corruption index has improved, according to the latest report published by Transparency International.
The annual report that ranks nations on a scale of one to 100 – with one being the most corrupt has given Grenada a score of 52 for 2017 compared to 46 in 2016.
The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople.
This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43.
This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index notes that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risk their lives every day in an effort to speak out.
In a statement, the Office of the Grenada’s Integrity Commission and the Financial Intelligence Unit said it welcomed the news of Grenada’s improved ranking – two years after Grenada has been re-introduced to this process.
“We are confident, given the levels of work of the Integrity Commission and the State’s efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in the Public, Financial and Procurement Sectors, that the upward trend would continue,” the statement noted, adding that both agencies are assiduously pursuing the implementation of a culture of Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Grenada.
Grenada has approved several legislations to assist in the fight against corruption and for the first time in 201,7 the Office of the Integrity Commission observed World Anti-Corruption day.
Transparency International also noted that 2018 is a crucial election year in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.