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Botswana again rated "least corrupt in Africa" by Transparen...
29/10/10

Transparency International (TI) formally released its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this week in Berlin. This Office is pleased to announce that, for the 15th year in a row, Botswana was cited as being the least corrupt country in Africa, as well as among the least corrupt countries in the world.

Botswana was ranked 33 out of 178 countries included in the 2010 survey, up five places from last year, while maintaining an overall score of 5.8.

Botswana's standing thus placed it in the top 20% of all surveyed nations, above over half of the countries in Europe.

In Africa, Botswana was one of only three countries to score above five, being trailed by Mauritius (5.4) and Cape Verde (5.1).

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore were tied for first place in this year's survey, while Somalia, followed by Myanmar and Afganistan were at the bottom of the list.

Of the 53 African countries included in the survey 44 scored below 3, which according to a TI is indicative of rampant perceived corruption.

TI is the leading international non-governmental organisation devoted to fighting corruption worldwide. It annual CPI index reflects the perceptions of business people, academics and risk analysts, both resident and non-resident. It is, moreover, a composite index, drawing on a range of additional expert and business surveys.

Botswana's relative success in the annual survey over the past two decades has been attributed to its putting into place multiple safeguards, including the establishment of such institutions as the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) and the Ombudsman, as well as its constitutionally entrenched provisions for independent oversight by the Auditor General, Parliament and the Judiciary.

Also - From the Sun-Times (USA) newspaper 

BOTSWANA, THE LEAST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN AFRICA
 
Berlin, 26 October 2010 -- The Republic of Botswana in southern Africa, is the least corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International's 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), no.33 overall.  It is followed by Mauritius, Cape Verde and Seychelles.  Nigeria and Bangladesh, the perennial one-two formerly most corrupt countries seem to have escaped the most corrupt country designation, leaving that to Somalia.  Botswana's former President Festus Mogae was the last to receive the Mo Ibrahim Award for good governance in 2008, and no other former African President has won the award since then.

According to Associated Press, "With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world's most pressing problems, from the instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty, corruption remains an obstacle to achieving much needed progress, according to Transparency International's 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released today.
The 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious corruption problem.

"These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe. With the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments' commitments to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability must speak through their actions. Good governance is an essential part of the solution to the global policy challenges governments face today," said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International (TI).

To fully address these challenges, governments need to integrate anti-corruption measures in all spheres, from the responses to the financial crisis and climate change to commitments by the international community to eradicate poverty. For this reason TI advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.

"Allowing corruption to continue is unacceptable; too many poor and vulnerable people continue to suffer its consequences around the world. We need to see more enforcement of existing rules and laws. There should be nowhere to hide for the corrupt or their money," said Labelle.

 

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