Mauritius slips in corruption ratings by Transparency International
The NGO’s report highlights that corruption in the island economy has worsened, scoring it a deteriorated 52 points on transparency in its 2013 report, compared to 57 points last year. (Image: Transparency Mauritius)
Mauritius has been ranked a lowly 52nd in the latest corruption perception index by fairtrade watchdog Transparency International.
The NGO’s report highlights that corruption in the island economy has worsened, scoring it a deteriorated 52 points on transparency in its 2013 report, compared to 57 points last year.
It may be noted that a higher score indicates a cleaner and more transparent economic framework for the ranked nation. The Index scores countries on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana emerged as the most corruption free nation, with a transparency score of 64, yielding it a rank of 30 on the corruption perception index.
Cape Verde, Seychelles and Rwanda completed the round-up of top three corruption-free countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with global ranks of 41, 47 and 49 each.
However, Mauritius and South Africa, generally considered the more developed economies in the region, lagged their less prosperous neighbours with global ranks of 52 and 72 respectively.
Most worryingly, the latest global roundup of 177 countries shows that two-thirds of the nations surveyed are below average in corruption stakes.
The report highlights continuing political pressure resulting in market distortions caused by bribery, cronyism, a lack of accountability and inadequate legal systems.
Denmark and New Zealand are tied for the post of the most corruption-free country, with a score of 91 each, followed by Finland and Sweden, also tied at a score of 89 each.
Among major European economies France, ranked 22, again lagged behind Germany, (12), and the UK (14). Greece continues to be the worst economy in Europe, with a lowly rank of 80, corresponding with a score of 40 points.
Coming to the nations that are struggling to keep corruption at bay, Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea stayed at the bottom of the table, unchanged from last year, with a rank of 175.