CORRUPTION: Oil-rich Guyana still in company of world’s corrupt nations – 2022 Int’l Report

Feb 01, 2023 –Kaieteur News – According to the results of the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Guyana continues to rub shoulders with some of the most corrupt nations in the world. The index shows that Guyana gained a score of 40, one mark more than its standing in 2021.

Nations which score in the range of 0 to 49 are perceived as more corrupt than those with a mark of 50 to 99. India, Maldives, North Macedonia, Suriname and Tunisia received the same marks as Guyana. Others in the 49 to 42 range include: China, Malaysia, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago.

Out of 180 countries reviewed, Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Haiti are in the bottom pile with scores ranging from 12 to 20. Countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies often find themselves at the top of the Index. Denmark heads the ranking, with a score of 90. Finland and New Zealand follow closely with a score of 87. Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg complete the top 10 this year.       

2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

2022 Corruption Perceptions Index with scores for some of the 180 nations reviewed

In the past five years, only eight countries have significantly improved their scores, and 10 countries have dropped significantly, including high ranking countries such as Austria, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. The rest (90 per cent of countries) have had stagnant corruption levels.

The CPI was created and used by Transparency International, a non-governmental organization established in 1993 with the aim of bringing together business, civil society, and government structures to combat corruption. The index was first used in 1995, and it covers a growing number of countries in annual surveys.

The CPI is based on surveys of domestic and international business executives, financial journalists, and risk analysts. Therefore, it reflects the perceptions of experts and business elites, not of the general public. It represents average scores from several polls and surveys for each respective country from the two years prior to its release and the year of release (e.g., CPI 2004 was based on sources from 2002, 2003, and 2004). The minimum number of surveys used for each country is three, while some countries are evaluated with the use of as many as 14 to 15 surveys. Furthermore, the CPI focuses on the public sector and evaluates the degree of corruption among public officials and politicians.

Corruption is defined by the organization as an abuse of public position for private gain, which in practice usually means bribe taking. Because in corrupt countries the quality and independence of the judiciary and media are usually low, official statistics on corruption exposure and prosecution underestimate the level of corruption in more-corrupt countries. The CPI, being based on evaluations, is also considered a valuable alternative source of information about the degree of illegal practices among civil servants and politicians in a given country.


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  • Age  On 02/06/2023 at 3:08 pm

    Globally, the entire world is becoming corrupt because the concentration of wealth is going towards the fewer and fewer in the social group.

    In Guyana, with a small population located along a small coastal strip, it’s easier to know mattie story. Hard to be low-key in Guyana. So you see a man suddenly buy a nice car and everyone want to know his story.

    In Canada, you see these teenage youth from China studying at the University of Toronto in Scarborough, or at a strip mall college in Markham, and they are driving Lamborghinis and Pagani Huayras on the campus.

    Many are afraid to question the influx of Chinese wealth, and Canadian politicians seem to be happy with this unexplained Chinese wealth.

    Bharrat Jagdeo was not wrong to tell Isobel Yeung that in America, corruption is given a savory name “lobbying”.

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