The 2016 Corruption Index made public by Transparency International says Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fell below the midpoint of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (immaculate).
St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2016 was ranked at 35 out of 176 countries. A nation rank indicates its position relative to other countries in the index.
The report for 2016 says the global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector.
St Vincent scored 60 out of 100. A state or territories score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale where 0 (is highly corrupt) to 100 (spotless).
The organisation in its report said this year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle of corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and uneven distribution of wealth.
“In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity.” José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International said.