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Gambia suffers drop in TI ranking in corruption report

Dec 6, 2012, 8:44 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Gambia has gone down its ranking as a country perceived to be suffering from corruption in the yearly Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rankings released by anti-corruption body Transparency International.

The 2012 report ranked The Gambia at 105 out of 176 countries, thus given a grade of 34 percent along side Kosovo, Mexico, Mali and few others.

The country has drop from 77 in last year’s global ranking.

The report, which was released yesterday, 5th December 2012, noted that there was no country in the world that is hundred percent corrupt free.

Denmark, New Zealand and Finland were the countries with the highest grade of 9.5, while Somalia was the lowest with one.

The Corruption Perceptions Index, TI said, measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide.

Based on expert opinion, countries are scored from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Some countries score well, but no country scores a perfect 100. Two-thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.

“We must ensure that there are real consequences to corruption. ‘No to impunity’ cannot just be a slogan – it must be carried out with all our combined strength and inspire citizens to speak up and to no longer tolerate corruption,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International.