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Country Report Puerto Rico

  • ID: 2138738
  • December 2014
  • Region: Puerto Rico
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

A Germany-based anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), released at the beginning of December its Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, which comprises 175 countries and territories. The report highlights that corruption continues to be severe in Latin America as a whole, although there are significant differences between the best- and the worst-performing nations assessed in the region. However, perpetrators are essentially the same across the region: public officials and their private-sector cronies. The report also highlights a lack of progress throughout the Latin American region in fighting corrupt practices-in many cases, despite having adopted a range of anti-corruption measures.

TI's index aggregates data from up to 12 different sources into a single score and measures perceptions regarding corrupt practices that may include bribery, nepotism, kickbacks and influence-peddling. The survey shows that more than two-thirds of the countries assessed obtained a ranking below 50 points, where zero amounts to the highest level of corruption and 100 corresponds to perceptions of low corruption. According to the survey, a significant change in rating involves falls or rises of four or more points. Only 11 countries are considered to have moved in the ranking over the past year, but none of these were within the Americas.

The Americas regional average was 45 points (this includes Canada and the US, which were at the top of the list). Of the remaining 29 Latin American and Caribbean countries surveyed, just four-Chile, Uruguay (both ranked in 21st place), Puerto Rico (31st) and Costa Rica (47th)-achieved over 50 points.

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Country Report Puerto Rico

Efforts to curb corruption stagnating across the region
Huge disparities
Civil society's role

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