Trinidad and Tobago has jumped 24 spots on Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index. It found that nearly all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries.
"With a rating of 89 out of 100, we continue to show the high standards of conduct and integrity we hold ourselves to across the public sector when compared to other countries around the world". The year before that, it scored 25.
CPI score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as experienced by business people and analysts and ranges between 100 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).
High-level corruption cases, including an influence-peddling scandal involving ousted former President Park Geun-hye, are believed to have contributed to South Korea's low ranking in an annual worldwide corruption index, the country's anti-corruption watchdog said Thursday.
The index, released on Thursday (NZT), highlighted that most countries were making little or no progress towards ending corruption, with two-thirds of the 180 countries scoring below 50.
The report also said its findings are "disturbing" and that the majority of governments are moving "too slowly" on tackling corruption. Nevertheless, it's an improvement of 2016's score of 35. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).TI stated that nearly all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries. There 20 journalists died in the last six years after being targeted for their investigations into local government corruption and drug-related crimes.
Ms Curran also said the government would strive to further improve public transparency and free access to information.