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Gov’t Reacts To Latest TI Report…Says Improved Corruption Ranking An ‘Enviable Feat’

Government has described the latest corruption perception index report which shows a slight improvement in the fight against corruption in the sub-region as against figures from previous year as an “enviable feat”.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by anti-graft body, Transparency International, ranked Ghana 56th out of 168 countries in the world with a score of 47,; a slight improvement in the fight against corruption in the sub-region as against figures from previous year.

TI also ranked Ghana as the 7th country in Africa.

According to a statement from the local chapter of Transparency International, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), “The CPI 2015 scored Ghana 47 out of clean score of 100 and ranked the country 56 out of 168 countries.” Ghana scored below six African countries – Botswana – 63, Cape Verde – 55, Seychelles – 55, Rwanda – 54, Mauritius and Namibia which scored 53.

A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward K. Omane Boamah, said although the performance is one point lower than that of 2014, it is gratifying that Ghana was ranked better in Africa.

The statement further commended all stakeholders who genuinely contributed to this enviable feat as proclaimed by Transparency International.

“Given that this is a perception survey, it stands to reason that the views expressed by respondents were based on what they heard about the subject in the year under review. It also stands to reason therefore that the intense media focus on the allegations of corruption in the Judiciary as well as the repetition of some obviously false allegations against government in 2015 contributed to the perception…We commend all stakeholders who have genuinely contributed to this enviable feat as proclaimed by Transparency International,” the Minister added.

Read the full statement below…

Government Responds To 2015 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)

“Government has taken note of the latest report of the Corruption Perception Index launched earlier today. The report ranks Ghana 56th out of 168 countries with a score of 47.

“We acknowledge the singling out of Ghana and Senegal for praise in the report on efforts made by the respective governments on the one hand, and social partners on the other, to combat the menace.”

“This report, arguably the most authoritative source of corruption of surveys in the world, belies the spurious claims of certain media outlets a few months ago that Ghana had been ranked the second most corrupt nation in Africa by Transparency International.

“We note that though this performance is one point lower than that of 2014, it can be viewed within the context of the general performance of all countries.

“Ghana ranks 7th in Africa which means that apart from six African countries we performed better than all other countries on the continent and 112 countries worldwide.

“Given that this is a perception survey, it stands to reason that the views expressed by respondents were based on what they heard about the subject in the year under review.

“It also stands to reason therefore that the intense media focus on the allegations of corruption in the judiciary, as well as the repetition of some obviously false allegations against government in 2015, contributed to the perception.

“We are also mindful of the ‘paradox of exposure’ – which creates a scenario where government’s efforts to expose and punish acts of wrongdoing such as the National Service case – generates discussions among the populace, creating a misleading impression of pervasive corruption when the opposite is in fact the case.

“We nonetheless commit and rededicate ourselves to the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

“We shall also continue to strengthen the relevant state institutions and work with Civil Society to win the war against corruption.

“We commend all stakeholders who have genuinely contributed to this enviable feat as proclaimed by Transparency International.”

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