THE oil and gas rich Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have both placed 85 out of 185 countries in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
This was revealed by the chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, Dion Abdool, at the launch of the 2019 CPI, at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope on Thursday.
He said the average score of the CPI this year was 43 and both TT and Guyana 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.
According to the CPI, the top countries are New Zealand and Denmark, each with with scores of 87 each. They are followed by Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85) and Switzerland (85).
The bottom countries were Somalia (9), South Sudan (12) and Syria (13).