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Anti-corruption institutions in Grenada surprised by Corruption ranking

Justice Dame Monica Joseph, Chairperson of the Integrity Commission of Grenada Justice Dame Monica Joseph, Chairperson of the Integrity Commission of Grenada
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 1, CMC – Anti-corruption institutions in Grenada say they are seeking an explanation from Transparency International after it ranked the island 46th in its 2016 Corruption Perception Index released last week.

“For our part, such listing is surprising, given that Grenada has made significant and consistent strides in strengthening its anti-corruption mechanism over the past five years,” the Financial Intelligent Unit and the Integrity Commission stated in a joint statement issued through the Office of the Integrity Commission.

Transparency interThe Integrity Commission and the Financial Intelligence Unit represent Grenada on the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB), a regional body supported by the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, which has a representative on its executive board.

In their statement, the anti-corruption bodies noted that Grenada has ratified the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter American Convention Against Corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

It said Grenada is involved in ongoing cycles with the visits received from the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (MESICIC) and the UNCAC’s United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as overseen by the Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Office.

“In 2014 MESICIC assessed the operations and the implementation of the OAS Inter American Convention Against Corruption, by the Commission. In 2015 and 2016 the UNODC assessed the implementation of the UNCAC, by the IC and the FIU,” they said, adding that the island has received verbal commendation for being ahead of many other Caribbean territories based on our functioning, protocols, training and public sharing on anti-corruption.

Questioning the format used to arrive at its conclusion, the two anti-corruption bodies said that while they clearly understands that the rankings of Transparency International are based on perception and not raw data , they nonetheless will request from Transparency International the information which formed the empirical basis for ranking Grenada.

Transparency International Corruption Perception 2016 index rank Grenada at 46 out of 176 countries with a score of 56.

““The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector,” said that organisation which claims that this year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality “which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth.

“In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity,” it said.

  • Countries: Grenada