Rwanda improves in global Corruption Perception Index

Rwanda improves in global Corruption Perception Index

Rwanda has improved by one point to score 56  out of 100, making it one of the five least corrupt countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

The 2018 Corruption Perception Index, a global index that measures the level of corruption across the world, was released Tuesday by Transparency International.

“Data suggest that an increase of 1 point of the CPI score allow the increase of direct investment by 0.5 per cent of the GDP and around 4 per cent of average income per household,” Johann Graf Lambsdorff, a former CPI Lead Researcher, said in a statement.

Rwanda was ranked the fourth least corrupt country in Africa behind Seychelles which scored 66, Botswana, which scored 61, and Cabo Verde, which scored 57. Namibia completes the top five.

In East Africa, Rwanda was found to be the least corrupt country while, globally, the country was ranked the 48th.

“Scoring one point in Transparency International’s global index is a huge achievement. Rwanda’s improved score was based on aspects like free movement of people, ease of online application and of doing business,” said Immacule Ingabire, the Chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda.

“Fighting corruption requires concerted efforts and everyone should understand the dangers of corruption and its negative impact towards socio-economic development,” she added.