November 14, 2006 – GABORONE: Botswana is the least corrupt country in Africa and number 37 in the world in the Transparency Internationals Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released recently Transparency International says in a statement that there was a strong correlation between corruption and poverty as most impoverished states were at the bottom of the ranking.
It states that while anti-corruption laws and regulations have been established, there was still more to do in order to improve the lives of the worlds poorest citizens.
Most of the low ranking countries have been found to be poor countries, including countries from Latin America and Africa.
CPI draws on multiple expert opinion surveys that poll perceptions of public sector corruption in 163 countries around the world and countries are scored on a scale of zero to 10, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and 10 indicating low levels of perceived corruption.
The troubled Caribbean island Haiti scored the lowest score at 1.8 with Guinea, Iraq and Myanmar sharing the penultimate slot each scoring 1.9 while Finland, Iceland and New Zealand share the top score of 9.6.
Botswana scored 5.6 together with Cyprus and is ahead of Italy while the United States ranks at 20 with 6.3 and United Kingdom scored 8.6 to be placed at 11th spot.
In Africa, only Botswana ranks in the top 50 with South Africa and Tunisia coming close at number 51 spot after a score of 4.6. (Read the rest of this article on ‘Republic of Botswana‘).