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Nicaragua, The Most Corrupt Country in Central America. Costa Rica, The Least.

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Index of Corruption Perception (CPI), published last December, measures perceptions of corruption on a scale of zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and ten at low levels. Accordingly, Nicaragua boasts a 2.5 CPI, well below the lower half of the index.

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Original Article Text From La Prensa Nicaragua via Google Translate :

Nicaragua Tap Perception of Corruption
Corruption remains entrenched in the world, according to the latest report by Transparency International (TI), which places Nicaragua at the head of the countries with the highest perception of corruption in Central America.

 Index of Corruption Perception (CPI), published last December, measures perceptions of corruption on a scale of zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and ten at low levels. Accordingly, Nicaragua boasts a 2.5 CPI, well below the lower half of the index.

Nicaragua also has a poor perception of corruption Honduras (2.6), Guatemala (2.7), Panama (3.3), El Salvador (3.4) and Costa Rica (4.8) which is in the isthmus, the country with better perception of transparency in the public management.

The overall index of 182 countries Nicaragua is located at position 134, 129 in Honduras, Guatemala in the 120, Panama in the 86, 80 in El Salvador and Costa Rica at No. 50.

The index of Transparency International has been published annually since 1995. Is closely watched by investors, economists and civil society activists and based on expert assessments and data from 17 surveys from 13 independent institutions, covering aspects such as access to information, bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, and implementation of laws against corruption.

This year IT put North Korea who was first included in the index, and Somalia as countries with higher perception of corruption (1.0). On the opposite side are placed New Zealand (9.5), Finland (9.4), Denmark (9.4) and Sweden (9.3).

CORRUPTION IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM
For Huguette Labelle, TI president, corruption remains a major global problem which was highlighted by demonstrations worldwide in 2011.

“This year we have seen corruption in the Protestant banner whether rich or poor. Whether Europe hit by the debt crisis or the Arab world that begins with a new political era, leaders of leading the demands for better government, “said Labelle.

“Wealth does not seem an easy antidote for corruption, some relatively wealthy countries such as Russia, falls at the end of the world league table. Meanwhile, some countries of the world are comparatively well Botswana, Bhutan, Cape Verde and Rwanda, are on the list of the 50 cleanest countries, “said the president of IT.

VENEZUELA’S WORST
In the case of Venezuela leading the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA)-initiative which Nicaragua is a party, records the worst perception of corruption in Latin America to obtain 1.9 of CPI score and get a global position of 172, only ten points over North Korea and Somalia, the worst rated of the index.

He leads with 2.7 Ecuador, Bolivia with 2.8, and only Cuba gets a better feel with 4.2. In the case of countries like Argentina and Brazil obtained a CPI of 3.0 and 3.8, respectively.

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