Jamaica showed little improvement on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2020, inching up from a score of 43 to 44 out of 100, in a context where zero is deemed very corrupt and 100 is very clean.
This marginal improvement moves Jamaica to 69th out of 180 countries, up five places from 74th in the 2019 CPI ranking.
Despite Jamaica’s slight movement in its CPI score, it remains the fifth most corrupt state in the Caribbean ahead of Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Meanwhile, in the 2020 index, Barbados was deemed the least corrupt country in the Caribbean with a score of 64 out of 100 and a ranking of 29th out of 180 countries.
On Tuesday, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said, since the new Integrity Commission was established three years ago, more than $1 billion had been invested in the oversight body.