Chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, Dion Abdool, revealed T&T's 2019 CPI Score, today

Trinidad and Tobago has placed 85 out of 183 countries in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, Dion Abdool, has revealed.

Abdool made the statement this morning at the launch of the 2019 CPI, at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope.

The average score for the CPI this year was 43.

T&T scored 40.

In the 2018 CPI, T&T received a score of 41 and was ranked 78.

The index ranks countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.

It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43. Similar to previous years, the data shows that despite some progress, a majority of countries are still failing to tackle public sector corruption effectively.

According to the CPI, the top countries are New Zealand and Denmark, with scores of 87 each, followed by Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85) and Switzerland (85).

The bottom countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Syria with scores of 9, 12 and 13, respectively