This is HOT!
Hot-and-straight-off-the-presses information as the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2008 has been released today. And like the World Bank’s Doing Business report chances are you read it here first!
Jamaica is now, in 2008, perceived as being more corrupt with a ranking of 96.
Note that this is a fall from our 2007 ranking of 84, and an even farther fall from our 2006 ranking when we were ranked at 61, a fall of some 35 places over just two years.
Cursory analysis raises some questions:
- Which party deserves the bulk of blame for the increased perception of Jamaican corruption?
- Golding, in his HARDtalk appearance blamed previous perceptions of corruption on the outgoing PNP government, is the JLP government responsible for the new rise in perceived corruption and subsequent fall in our ranking?
Relevant questioning begins at around 5:30 in the video clip.
- Lastly, we rank behind Mexico in the newest 2008 rankings. Mexico ranked at 72 in the 2008 ranking, which ties that country with Trinidad and Tobago, among others. The situation in Mexico is so bleak and frightening that a very recent BBC poll found over 1/3 of Mexicans are considering emigrating as they grapple with the high drug crime and attendant high rates of official corruption.
Other results from the survey point to growing anxiety about drugs trafficking in their country [Mexico], which is the main transit point between Colombia – the world’s largest supplier of cocaine – and the world’s biggest market, the US.
- Thirty-seven per cent of those surveyed said the influence of the drugs cartels had made them think of leaving Mexico
- Drug trafficking was considered the second most important concern in their lives after corruption
Source: BBC News, Sept 22, 2008
Given the dire straits in Mexico and the perception among Mexican citizens; it is a profound statement that we could rank behind Mexico in this Transparency International study.
More detailed analysis to come as I dive through the study’s methodology.