Jamaica has fallen two places in the latest rankings of Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
The country is now ranked 70 out of 180 countries and has a CPI score of 44.
Jamaica also scored a CPI of 44 in 2017 and 39 in 2016.
Transparency International, which released the rankings this morning, explains that 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 zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
A CPI score of below 50 means that a country has a corruption problem.
Transparency International points out that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.
Reacting to latest ranking, Professor Trevor Munroe, head of the anti-corruption watch group National Integrity Action, said Jamaica’s slight drop is a cause for concern.
He said the marginal movement shows that the country still has a far way to go in stamping out corruption.