Dominica’s perceived level of corruption unchanged – Transparency International

Section of Roseau, the capital of Dominica.
Section of Roseau, the capital of Dominica.

Dominica’s ranking in perceived levels of corruption remains unchanged in 2013 as compared to 2012, Transparency International’s newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index has revealed.

According to the report, released on Tuesday, Dominica is ranked 41 in the world, with an index score of 58, retaining the same ranking and score of 2012

The report gives countries higher scores for lower levels of perceived public sector corruption.

The index score goes from 0, meaning a country is perceived as highly corrupt, to 100, meaning it is perceived as very clean.

According to Transparency International, “corruption remains a global threat.”

“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world,” the organization said in its report. “No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem.”

The organization went on to say, “the world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.”

The rankings and score for the entire Caribbean also remain unchanged, according to the report.

It reveals that Barbados has the lowest level of perceived corruption with a ranking of 15 (index score 75), with Haiti the highest, with a rank of 163 (index score 19).

Bahamas and St. Lucia are tied at 22, while Puerto Rico and St. Vincent are both ranked at 33.

A total of 177 countries and territories worldwide were ranked.

See the full list of rankings below for the Caribbean, from lowest level of perceived corruption to hightest (index scores are in brackets).

Barbados….15 (75)
Bahamas…..22 (71)
St. Lucia…22 (71)
Puerto Rico..33 (62)
St. Vincent..33 (62)
Dominica…..41 (58)
Cuba ……..63 (46)
T&T……….83 ((38)
Jamaica……83 (38)
Dominican Republic ..123 (29)
Haiti……163. (19)


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  1. Glenda
    December 5, 2013

    When is Dominica gonna improve . The place is beaten down. Going to Dominica is like going back to their 50s

  2. Grand Bay Mon sorti
    December 4, 2013

    Some day, someone or the government will have to give an account of the mismanagement of our public fun.Magey Sa!

  3. Too Hard Too Long
    December 4, 2013

    I would have thought that we had worsened.

  4. 4CARS
    December 3, 2013

    Their houses may be on the auction block soon.

  5. 4CARS
    December 3, 2013

    If you steal from the poor you may live to be poor some day. Corruption is like a cancer, it eats through the heart.

  6. bluered
    December 3, 2013

    Now I understand why they fighting to hold on to power. they fraid international police man?

  7. diva
    December 3, 2013

    Labour has really destroy the name of Dominica who going to trust us …….skirret time for clearance in that ..

  8. wonderwoman
    December 3, 2013


  9. former labahrite
    December 3, 2013

    Now that the writing is on the wall, what are the die hard labour supporters saying? Corruption and racketeering cant be accepted as normal in any civilize country. Dominicans are just sitting idly by and allow the country to go down and down and even out! When will the people rise and challenge this failed and incompetent government? When will they realise that Dominica is in a mess? When will the ask of these so called ministers and their kabal to account for their misdeeds in public office? Its a sign of denial and dishonesty not to ask the government questions about this corruption index issue. Dominica has not been cleared and this is serious business, this is not a joke.Many countries in the Caribbean who were in the list of corrupt countries have tried to fix up and clean up but nothing from Dominica. what is really going on!
    what is the AG doing?
    What is PM doing?
    what are the ministers doing?
    what is the nation doing?
    The opposition has been trying to have some issues sorted our but they to need to have a greater sense of purpose and urgency.
    Dominica cant remain being blacklisted for corruption and nothing is done.
    Time to Just get rid of this hopeless Government! Ask Mr Skerrit and his ministers to call a rally just to explain the ratings Dominica in the corruption index of the world. Let them explain to the nation the issue. No, one suspects that they will forever be ducking questions and not giving answers……..
    God save Dominica…….
    UWP: Capitalise on these issues and get rid of this Government please!Dont ease up on them, to much dirty clothes in public! Apply pressure until they cant take no more! But do that with grace and dignity! Deal with the Issues! God knows that Lennox has been the voice in the wilderness!

  10. Reon
    December 3, 2013

    Folks take off your Labor or UWP hats for a minute.
    Proverbs 26:2 ask, “Shall a curse come without a cause”? It is a well know slogan in business and religious circles that “nothing just happens”.

    It is not perchance Barbados is the richest Island in the West Indies neither is it per chance that Haiti is the poorest. There is a reason why things happen!!! Let’s look at Botswana – one of the poorest African countries post-independence. A country plagued with infighting and massive government corruption. Botswana changed government get their act together and today it is one of the fastest growing economy in the world. I am not saying that Botswana is perfect but they on the right track.

    Guess what?? Botswana is listed as one of the cleanest and transparent African countries in terms of corruption.
    Is there a reason why Dominica scores so low on the list of transparent and corruption free countries??

    Be honest people!!! Think hard before you respond!!!

  11. jane messam
    December 3, 2013

    PM Skerro this is not good news for DA. Improve on the corruption and be more transperant, if not it is time for you to resign. Follow Barbados example.

  12. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Poor out people can tell you all corruption is everywhere.

  13. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Where is Antigua, Grenada and St Kitts?

  14. La voix
    December 3, 2013

    Transparency in government affairs is necessary to sustain growth and provide confidence to investors but how much assistance the contributors of these reports give to eliminate poverty and corruption. While it is good to write a good report if no action is taken to improve lives of the greatest number then those with authority will continue to dismiss the reports and the people will continue to suffer. Information is good but if it is not acted upon it is archived for the record that something was documented something. In addition we need more specifics, more data, more analysis and the parameters because while these are reputable organizations doing that kind of work there may be a high level of subjectivity and bias in interpreting the data.

  15. J.A.G.O.T.S
    December 3, 2013

    …..who cares!

    • useless
      December 4, 2013


  16. dafriend
    December 3, 2013

    Shame on the DLP Government and its associates…!!!

  17. Doc. Love
    December 3, 2013

    Mr. Lennox Linton’s hair grew white on his head, trying to inform Dominicans about the corruption in Dominica. Mr. Brisbane, it is alleged, lost his business because he was brave enough to inform Dominicans of the corruption in Government. The supporters of the Skeritt Labor Government have on several occasions asked Mr. Linton to prove his allegations, they must now ask Transparency International why is Dominica ranked 41 out of 177.

    • Change
      December 3, 2013

      I think that you should continue to read and you will learn why. Just remove your bias political crown and you will have a greater appreciation for Domonoca.

    • bjr
      December 4, 2013

      you eed to get some plantey and wash your eyes, because obviously you do not realize how transparent we are considered, we can do better but we are doin great

  18. Real Dominican
    December 3, 2013

    This is a clear indication that Dominica is not improving where corruption is concerned. When considering the “sits en Laben” of this corruption index / transparency, we find out that it is very credible and reliable. So it is very true, the reports that they publish.

    Truth be told, corruption destroys lives, communities and a nation in general. The good thing is we have a choice. We can demand from our leaders, necessary information, by all means, is needed to be publish. If they don’t then we vote them out.

    When we consider how much money spent uselessly, and flippantly, we have to ask ourselves, where could this money be spent. Example: roads, education, and nation building.

    We need to demand these virtues: transparency, accountability, integrity, solidarity, courage, justice and democracy from our leaders.

  19. Papa
    December 3, 2013

    Jamaica rank higher than Dominica….. Please!!!

    • Kwedi
      December 3, 2013

      Why is that so hard to believe. As far as you Laborites are concerned Dominica under the Labor Party shouldn’t even be mentioned with the term corruption. Maybe there should be a rating exclusively for Labor Party idiots – call it the most heavenly and honest

      • Anonymous
        December 3, 2013

        Understand the chart carefully. Jamaica is ranked as being more corrupt than Dominica.

      • LawieBawie
        December 3, 2013

        Excuse me, but you seem to be the idiot here!!! First of all “Papa” never declared that he was a Labour party supporter. In fact he never even hinted at anything political. However because he did not say anything disparaging about the Labour party you assume that he is a supporter. Secondly, you don’t seem to have a brain to think for yourself or else you would have looked at the report and seen that Jamaica actually has a far lower (worse) ranking than we do. We are ranked at 41 while Jamaica is in a three way tie with Burkina Faso and El Salvador at 83. Damn idiot!!!

      • Change
        December 3, 2013

        One day, just one day you will realize that each and everyone of us has the right to support what ever political party that we want. An idiot is one who cannot appreciate such and resort to calling people names. I am Dominican are you?

    • Peacock
      December 3, 2013

      Crime and corruption are two different concepts.

    • Nac Vibes
      December 3, 2013

      I guess it’s true, that reading and understanding are two different things.

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