In the last few years, Latin America and the Caribbean made great strides in the fight against corruption. However, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, the region continues to score poorly for corruption.
St Vincent and the Grenadines ranked 40 for 2017 out of 180 countries, in 2016 the country ranked 35.
The nation scored 58 for 2017, slipping another two percentage point from 60 in 2016.
While the 2015 figures were not available the 2014 figures show SVG scored 62 in 2014, 62 in 2013 and 62 in 2012.
Rank: A country’s rank indicates its position relative to other countries in the index.
Score: A country’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of (0) highly corrupt and to (100) very clean.
This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43.
Anything below 50 indicates governments are failing to tackle corruption.
Other windward islands rank and score are as follows:
St Lucia Rank 48 – Score 55
Dominica Rank 42- Score 57
Grenada Rank 52 – Score 52