Dominica at number 45 among world’s least corrupt countries, 3rd in Caribbean

Dominica ranks at number 45 out of 180 countries on the list of least corrupt countries in the world for 2018, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index which has just been released.

This current ranking represents a drop of three places for Dominica from number 42 in 2017 and positions the country as the 3rd least corrupt of those Caribbean countries that are shown on the list.

Barbados, at number 25, is the least corrupt country by comparison to its Caribbean neighbours. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is ranked at number 41, Saint Lucia is at 50 and Grenada is ranked 53rd.

Overall, Denmark tops the list and Somalia is in the cellar position at number 180.

According to the Transparency International report, the United States’ falling score is a ‘red flag’, and has caused it to be knocked off the top 20 ‘cleanest’ list for the first time.

“With an average score of 44 for three consecutive years, the Americas region (which includes the Caribbean),  continues to fail in making any serious inroads against corruption,” Transparency International states in its report. “Compared to other regions, the Americas is similar to Asia Pacific (average score: 44), but behind Western Europe and the European Union (average score: 66).”

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57 Comments

  1. January 31, 2019

    I don’t think that I will ever understand the mindset of the majority of you who write on this comment board

    Here we have a survey saying that we are way up a 45 place from 180 pertaining to LEAST CORRUPT COUNTRIES around the World and people are still finding false with that. It is the same as a survey searching for the richest person among 180–should the richest not be #1? And if Dominica is at #45 should we not be glad about this? So why are you all still grumbling?

    We are human beings regardless of our status in Life, no one is perfect; as according to the apostle Paul, who teaches us: “We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

    However, we can grow into perfection, which is what Paul is teaching us. But until Jesus has wiped out the complete influence of evil and wickedness in this whole World, there can never be zero corruption in or among us–no matter who we are. So why can’t we be thankful for our place in this survey

    • Tell FET to review 4 U
      February 2, 2019

      Liz FET’s former friend who is alleged to have been a school teacher in Giraudel19 twizeen writes”
      World and people are still finding false with that. Liz I find fault with you.
      I don’t think that I will ever understand the mindset of the majority of you who write on this comment board.
      Neither will we comprehend why an electron shop would sell U a PC for a teacher you ought to knoowa thing or two about reading over ur work b4 submitting. teacher bogas Liz I think it ought to be fault. This is no typo Liz. You are an …….. unplug your PC put it back in the box and take it back to the store where U purchased it and tell em give you back 40% refund as you do not deserve full compensation
      Liz Saqway coleve.

  2. Sisserou
    January 31, 2019

    45 places is plenty, and according to the report from last year to this year Dominica moved from 42 to 45, 3 steps backwards, only less corupt than Grenada and st. Lucia in the Caribbean. Maybe sounds okay to us but considering the lack of development in Dominica its no big deal. Look at Venezuela with so much $$$millions /billions in foreign reserves and the people starving. Where is our money Skerrit?

    • Sisserou
      January 31, 2019

      Correction; Dominica only more corrupt than Barbados and st. Vincent .

  3. UKDominican
    January 31, 2019

    Corruption also includes bribery, whether this is a straight inducement or disguised as commissions or fees. The vulgar word would be “kickback”. A goverment contract awarded to a foreign company would be a prefered example of this, with fees/agents commission payable to a third party, all looking perfectly legitimate. Imagine a country, who’s finance minister arranges a loan for his country, acting also as the broker, collecting the appropriate fee.

    Corruption distorts fair competition and does not promote efficiency. In the end it costs a country a lot of money. It is like inviting cockroaches to come and share your dinner.

  4. ATKINSON
    January 31, 2019

    Something is wrong with the poll, because dominica should be number one 1 :mrgreen:

  5. GirlSeekingDevelopment
    January 31, 2019

    Denmark with the happiest people in the world according to Happiness Index developed by the U N, tops the list? Denmark with the highest paid wages and obviously taxes tops the list? Denmark one of the leading countries in the renewable front, tops the list…. Denmark which offers free education (primary, secondary, tertiary) and free health care tops the list . 😂🤣😂🤣😂 Dominica needs some of Denamrk’s Corrruption then, it would do the country DAMN GOoD!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 31, 2019

      What you said about Denmark is not altogether true you know: Been there done that!

      So here are some comparisons:
      Switzerland. Average Income: $7, 396 – £5,764. GDP per capita: $80,000 -£62,379. Minimum wage:
      Luxembourg. Average Income: $5,583 – £4,354. GDP per capita: $91,600 – £71,409. Minimum wage:
      Norway. Average Income: $5,418 – £4,226. GDP per capita: $71,000 – £55,375. Minimum wage:
      Denmark. Average Income: $5,310 – £4,140. GDP per capita: $54,000 – £42,112. Minimum wage:

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 31, 2019

      Of the ten highest paying countries; below is 1/2!

      1. United States
      Undoubtedly, United States is the most powerful and wealthy country in the world which is offering possibly the highest salaries to its employees whether they are local or foreigners. US have surplus quantity of resources and is the second largest exporter in the world. Owing to that, handsome amount of revenue is generated annually from which employees are facilitated massively. An average American earns about $41355 annually which is in every sense, a very attractive amount.

      2. Luxembourg
      Probably the biggest financial center of European continent, Luxembourg is at second number offering highest level of salaries to its employees. The reason for its strong financial position is due to its dominancy in export. It used to be the Europe’s largest exporter with major exports including industrial machinery, rubber, chemicals and fine financial services. The average income of citizen residing in Luxembourg is…

  6. Franky
    January 31, 2019

    Well according to the report Dominica is very currupt.. it ranked 45 .. 0 means most currupt aND 180 means clean.. sI Dominica is very very currupt. .. the article also says that Dominica fails to correct it’s curupt practices by implementing policies .. since skerite and his goons took office that’s what Dominica came too.. vote these guys out!

    • January 31, 2019

      @Franky January 31, 2019

      You do not understand what you are saying; the survey is about the least corrupt countries of a group of 180. So the least corrupt has to be at #1, which is Denmark; Somalia at 180 sums up the whole least.

      If the survey had said most corrupt, then you would have gotten it right, but right now you are wrong!

      • Franky
        January 31, 2019

        Your jack asee. . U the one not inderstanding… read proper lyrics your damn labourite I sure u are because only labourites that a are so dum. . “The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.

        It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.”

      • Sisserou
        January 31, 2019

        Whole list and not whole least.

  7. %
    January 30, 2019

    Dominica is steeped in corruption!!!
    A very corrupt country, where CBI funds are not accounted for, where US$100 000 000.00 debt forgiveness money cannot be accounted for where no one knows how much money was raised internationally post Maria,where states money is frittered to buy votes ….
    This has caused the country to be heading down the Venezuela road..BAD GOVERNANCE,and a lazy,incoherent, incompetent leader called Skerrit..
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • My My
      January 31, 2019

      SMOKE DAT % all your bla, bla, bla, baba black sheep. The more you brey the more popular Skerro gets.

  8. Readwell
    January 30, 2019

    Why is this story about Dominica? This story should have been about Barbados. It should be about a Caribbean Island that placed 25 in the Transparency Index right up there with the US at 22.Barbados should be extremely proud of their placement. Why is Dominica proud at placing no. 45 a full 20 points behind Barbados? Why is that something to celebrate? People need to report more to these agencies. I am sure they are unaware of the $100 US Million from Venezuela that just went “poof’. If The Agency does not get the information then they cannot put it in their calculations. No one knows how many CBI passports are sold so how would anyone know how much money should be in the coffers? So people read between the lines of this story.

    • January 31, 2019

      Why is Dominica proud at placing no. 45 a full 20 points behind Barbados? Why is that something to celebrate? –@Readwell

      The answer to your question is that we are not Barbadians; we are Dominicans, Barbadians will do their own celebration. The News Medium is “Dominica News Online”; it is not “Barbados News Online;” it that clear enough for you?

  9. UKDominican
    January 30, 2019

    As some bloggers have pointed out, this a perception index. By its very nature practioners of coruption are not going to divulge their practices. It is the way,mostly outsider observers see us. But perception is insiduous. That is why governments and large corporations spend big money on P.R. and advertising. In our case it does not help that government is not very fortcoming with statistics or audit reports. It causes suspicion and mistrust. The fact that we do not have to disclose shareholders, beneficiaries orowners of corporations registered here does no help either.

  10. KID ON THE BLOCK
    January 30, 2019

    Views expressed is not that of the Labor party or Tony or Skeerit. It is that of the Transparency International’s Corruptions Index. ok!? Ibo France and %. Search your conscience. Wicked.

    • Ibo France
      January 30, 2019

      KID, you do damage to the truth every time you try to portray the Skerrit-led-DLP regime as trustworthy. At present, this is easily the most corrupt government in the Caribbean, probably the world.

  11. Annon
    January 30, 2019

    And who is it that is doing this assessment and what are they basing it on? I didn’t really see a reference. Every country is corrupt at the top to some extent. Corruption is corruption. The more powerful countries lend themselves to more corruption simply because of power. People are subject to temptation. I don’t put any validity in this article.

    • Joseph John
      January 31, 2019

      Anon I don’t put any validity on this article either. There is no definition of corruption of government or of country, no definition at all. Like you said no basis for their assessment. There is no mention of the role of the right wing media either. Right now you do not know who or what to believe. When you earmark countries like Dominica and others with budget expenditure of less than a billion dollars, no banks with more than a billion dollars loan portfolio, with no central banks, with no companies employing over five hundred workers each, working 24/7 in 3 shifts I cannot help but wonder about hidden motives , I cannot help but wonder if this is not a first stage of some “must go movement”.
      If they want to talk about corruption in the West. Annalise USA, Columbia and Brazil vis a vis the Columbian Exchange. I wonder for the truth in the observation that ; but for corruption Brazil would be on a par with USA from which all corruption was imported into Latin America.

      • February 2, 2019

        @Anon and Joseph, don’t you guys think that DNO was to list the definition of corruption, they have to write a length of an article that no one would want to read?

  12. iprotest
    January 30, 2019

    i will not be distracted do easily with this publicity stunt.
    I remember when the PM hired this Canadian company to take care of it’s public image or something like that….i stand corrected.
    Remember the government has no press secretary……so they pay high $$$$$ to keep a public profile.

    i would advise that we keep our eyes glued to Nigeria and the case against Allison Madueke.

  13. Man bites dogs
    January 30, 2019

    Let us get one thing straight now. No one is saying Dominica government is corrupt, what they saying is Dominica is currupt only because of that so-called criminal opposition party! read between the lines people and kick the ratbags out.

  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 30, 2019

    The country in General might be less corrupt; because the majority of our people are not corrupt does not mean when it comes down to individual’s and institutions such as the judiciary,and government we are not at the very top of the list!

    As far as I believe the most corrupted fella on the planet is a Dominica born; and holds a very high office in the land (I doh calling any name eh, cause if I do dem man might come hunt me down an kill me eh!) So, I know him name but I still doh talking!

    No name no warrant, no law suite eh!

    • out of south city
      January 30, 2019

      Hello my brother! You really had me laughing tonight. HOTEP (PEACE)

  15. KIP
    January 30, 2019

    Do it ner I dare you.. talk is so cheap in Dominica. blah blah blah corruption blah blah blah electoral reform.

    “They’re a weak lot some of them in “Dominica” you know. Weak. Feeble.” MT

  16. Rat Race
    January 30, 2019

    :lol: :lol: :lol: what a joke!!!

    “Least corrupt” than other nations but corrupt none the less

    • February 2, 2019

      @Rat Race, did you want to read that Dominica has a zero level of corruption?

      Well, the people of Dominica are the same as the people of the rest of the World; this means that we are human beings And as human beings there can be no complete level of perfection; not until the people of God undergoes a surgery of sanctification and consecration to the mind, so to be able to relate to His Laws in Love.

      As for the rest of mankind, those who refused that Life in Love from God, they will be cast out of His presence, the same as He did with Adam And Eve; only that this time it will be the curse of darkness and damnation in the pit that the enemy prepared for them in Eternity or on the other side of the grave.

      Until then, we, whose mind is under the surgery of transformation, there will still be some form of corruption, if we are in the number one spot.

  17. Filip
    January 30, 2019

    That is a corruption perception index… that is based on perception. . Dominica may appear to be less currupt than they think. .. but if they investigate it may be hitting the 100 ..

    • Ibo France
      January 30, 2019

      Felip, your statement is so true. Most of these rankings are done using anecdotal evidence. An in-depth study will prove other wise. Getting public information from this government is like trying to nail Jello to a tree. The Skerrit’s -led-DLP administration is so corrupt that they have buried information about the missing EC $270 000 000 PetroCaribe grants and the accounts of the CBI programme under layers and layers of steel and concrete.

  18. Ibo France
    January 30, 2019

    The Government of Dominica is one of the most secretive , unforthcoming governments internationally. Whenever public business is shrouded in secrecy, corruption abounds. There is no transparency for CBI accounts, Foreign Aid monies after Maria, EU aid for feeder roads, Skerrit’s frequent first class travels abroad, Red Clinic giveaways, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. How can a man with a civil servant’s salary, grow into a multi-millionaire? Only corruption does that.

    • Paul Rossnof
      February 1, 2019

      The reason for this excessive secrecy means Skerrit is either paranoid or his has things to hide. Actually I settle for both but with a heavy bias to the second. I’ve been saying for over tens years now, we only know the half of it. Only when we get a new government will the true damage be known that little teacher from VC has done to DA. You all mark my words and those supporters of his are in no small amount guilty as well.

  19. Da
    January 30, 2019

    This information is not on IMF records.
    Dominica is still the most corrupt country in the caribbean .

    • ?????????????????
      January 30, 2019

      Where are your facts to support your claim? Well you so hate the Government so much that all you want to hear is negative even it cannot be proven or lies. Please people support your claims with facts and not word of mouth. Dominica is indeed one of the best . The only bad thing is our people easily buy into lies, slander etc. They cannot prove anything but they always dwell on rumor etc and spreading bad things about those they do not like for absolutely no reason. Wait some of your turn will come when someone will spread lies about you or your family and I will see you now walk in the shoes of those you help to spread bad news about.

      Plis tard plis twiste!

      • Joseph John
        January 31, 2019

        @??????????????? It is less about spreading lies and more about opposition gang members grasping the ramifications of public finance.
        They have no concept of the Consolidated Fund, no idea of revenue and expenditure ( I don’t think they plan their personal expenditure or know how to balance a checkbook). Not a vlue about the role of the Accountant General and the Director of Audit. They don’t even know the role of their leaders in the House of Assembly during the Budget Debate(s) In fact the whole crew of the opposition gang is clueless when it comes to the role of the opposition, They do not know what classified information means.
        When you do not know something and YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PROFILE as “ignorant” or “stupid” you school yourself . But when you refuse to inform yourself after almost five years through your arrogance and pomposity ….YOU ARE JUST PLAIN TOO WICKED.

    • Whatever
      January 30, 2019

      Dream on. Only if you all were running it. I can see you all salivating to grease the palms of youall friends like 3rd world politicians do best. :-P

  20. Joseph John
    January 30, 2019

    This feature article point of view is about ‘countries’ not “governments”. It fails to mention the 20 most corrupt countries in the world of which USA is the first in government and as a country.
    They would never take it from the top because they fear backlashes from the big boys, the CONTROLLERS.
    So what are their hidden motivations.

  21. viewsexpressed
    January 30, 2019

    We, Dominicans are all aware of the level of corruption and deception that has and continue to take place n Dominica. The measurement used to measure Domininca appears to not have worked and we wonder now did a representative of Transparency International visit Domininca over a period of time and consulted with the financial staff and auditing staff of government, that they consulted the NGO`s on the island, that they were sent to visit the farmers who are not penniless while the government is high i salaries, perks and other niceties that keep them going. Did they well assess our GDP and productive sector on the island, in particular the rural villages to see where an how our people live and survive on crumbs and handout sent out to them from the Odd Ministers Office? Questions, Questions asks and yet no answers.
    There is transparency in government in Domininca and the level of corruption and devious matters going on for self satisfaction is amanzing. Domininca is ruined in poverty.

    • ??????????????
      January 30, 2019

      Let me tell you , government has systems in place. One cannot just go to the Treasury and get payment like that. Everything has to be certified, audited etc. Go try get money from the Treasury for nothing and you will know.

      They are meticulous in their work. You all are just saying what ever comes into your mind with no facts nor proof.

      • February 2, 2019

        “You all are just saying whatever comes into your mind with no facts nor proof”. @??????????????

        I am not even saying that it comes from their mind, because their minds have no ability to think for itself.

        What these people are doing, is that they are copying the darkness and futility that is spoken by someone else for their own self-gratification. None of them could ever prove or elaborate on the things they are saying, because they do not know what it means.

  22. JAK KAL
    January 30, 2019

    THats total insane who ever came out with that news is not leaving in DA or thats one of skerrit hong dog posting that but thats further from the truth. U and your goons must go.

    • ????????????????
      January 30, 2019

      JAK KAL so you the haters do not like to hear anything positive about Dominica. all you want is for Skerrit to go. Where – go on! This is one of the hardest working Pm of this time. The other Caribbean Island asking for him. Open your eyes. Stop hating. Get alive and live hatred out of your heart. Time to face the truth.

      You so ig that if someone says something good about the Country then according to you and I quote “THats total insane who ever came out with that news is not leaving in DA or thats one of skerrit hong dog posting that but thats further from the truth. U and your goons must go.”

      You are very pathetic! so it your opinion and your own “goons” that is the absolute truth. Stop wanting people to say what you and “your goons” want to hear.

  23. don2fresh
    January 30, 2019

    Of course, when our country gets some good recognition the anti-Skerrit supporters come running trying to prove to the world at whatever means necessary that Dominica is the worst country on the atlas. Look at them rush in under the post eh.. Just watch. They doing that all in name of getting rid of Skerrit. The agenda to break Skerrit through means of breaking Dominica will not work. Great job Mia.

  24. from Pot & kettle lyrics
    January 30, 2019

    Am like Nurse, Comarcho, seboand many others open bats produced in the region.
    So taking first knock.
    What, Que? Dominica at number 45 among least corrupt countries in the world, 3rd among Caribbean countries will hahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahah somebody tickle us readers. The 2nd place joke is Skerrit in parliament telling once our local Larry King( with suspenders and all) where is the money from his trip. whilst his brothers/UWP are starving.

  25. RandyX
    January 30, 2019

    How about state finances going missing or are not accounted for? How about the accounts for the CBI and how about an explanation as to the whereabouts of the US$100 MIllion that had to be written of?? 100 questions but no answers. Just silence… for over 15 years now!

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 30, 2019

      Problem is that I doubt if a heavenly being came down and tried to show some of you some facts you would believe. You would most likely say that Skerrit paid the angel or other being to speak on his behalf.

      I guess it is difficult when people have made a career of bad mouthing someone, to believe anything positive. If the report had said we were at 150 it would have been the most credible source for news. Because it puts Dominica in a better light than many countries world wide somehow it can’t be true.

      I can tell anyone that this society is becoming more frightening every day. What you people do not understand is that if the political roles become reversed you all have to deal with the negativity and nasty-mindedness that you have created.

      Now don’t you dare tell me it is the other side who started it because I have lived through a number of elections and their aftermaths. Up till Edison James in opposition the society was habitable. I say no more!

      • ?????????????
        January 30, 2019

        Barbara Saunders I concur!

      • RandyX
        January 31, 2019

        I knew you would come on here and desperately try to defend your sweetheart! In the past I’ve asked you numerous times to explain Skerrits life style in New York but you remain silent. The same way Skerrit remains silent when asked for accounts of the CBI program or tell us what might have happened to the $100 million. If he had nothing to hide he would make these accounts public and tell us about the Venezuelan money. Only people without answers remain silent. As far as habitable is concerned, you have not seen anything yet if your darling stays in power. The early examples are already there for everybody to see! Clearly not for you because you don’t want to see!

      • Barbs Bon Jean
        January 31, 2019

        Barbara Saunders surfaces ! what do we this appearance? Are you back from a North American Therapy / shopping trip?
        (My friend in England who disappeared I guess he is fed up with our BS on his island of birth & cannot be bothered )would say Saunders was taking Lalin she has a good amount.

    • going on facts only
      January 30, 2019

      HYPOCRITSVOTING DISLIKES.11-7 Keep your heads buried in the sand. We pass Venezuela and Haiti long, long time. Some yrs ago I was in DR after a 7 yr lapse. I met a DR woman in Spain after a nice discuss and talking about our countries. She told me DA is poor. I took offence but did not counter having worked in DR for yrs .I was soon back in DA and still refused to accept the. Now if she had said so in 2017 rather than 1n 2001 I would gladly agree.

    • ??????????????
      January 30, 2019

      RandyX where are your facts to support your claim? And you really don’t understand what is debt written off? Well for your information, when a debt is written off, it simply means that you do not have to pay the debt. No exchange of money is done. I am very perturbed at the level of ignorance displayed re debt written off and many persons buy this. If the Credit Union, Bank or someone you owed writes off your debt, it simply means that they internally clear you as owing. They write it off to bad debts but hey they will not give you the money that you were owing.

      Why not educate those who do not know better and buy easily into lies and slander.

      • RandyX
        January 31, 2019

        ……I did not enquire about the technicals of how debts are written off but rather what happened to that money that had to be written of. Come on, let’s have it! I give you a clue: the government has not paid for their fuel from Venezuela for several years. Fact! So if they have not paid for it what happened to the fuel? Did it leak in the sea or soil. Or perhaps was it sold to the fuel distributors on the island and they didn’t pay for it? Or perhaps they paid for it and than all of a sudden the money disappeared. Magic! Perhaps Austrie should make a statement in that regard or Madame Denise might be able to shed some light on it! No, just silence, as per usual. The only statement by the government: we don’t owe any money to Venezuela and a few days later Maduro came public and said $100 million owed by DA had been written of. Please explain!!!

    • KIP
      January 30, 2019

      RandyX whats the account number,SWIFT codes etc so I can trace it for you as a special favour.I know a good hacker. Do you want my email addy.

      • Neville
        January 31, 2019

        If your hacker is a that good I’m sure he doesn’t require any information to find out. Stop talking BS trying to defend the indefensible. Come again!

    • KIP
      January 31, 2019

      Are we really so unsophisticated and simple? Can we really grow an economy with such simple minds? Let me do like the Venezuelan opposition leader” Randy all this claims will be investigated when I become Prime Minister of Dominica I swear on the grave of my dead parrot.

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