Monday December 11, 2017

South Sudan hit 4th spot in the world’s most corrupted states index

JUBA – A recent corruption states index compiled by the Transparency International has put South Sudan in the 4th place as one of the most corrupted countries in the world.
According to the international body, Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption. It said that bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.
The report is based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, and it paints an alarming picture. Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
South Sudan is slightly behind Afghanistan and 3 places behind Somalia, the most corrupted country in the world. In 2013, the county was ranked 14 among the world’s most corrupt states making it to jump 10 places this year.

“Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries.”– José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International said.

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