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The Government of Saint Lucia is pleased to note that Transparency International, in its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013, has once again ranked Saint Lucia No. 22 out of one hundred and seventy six (176) countries surveyed. Saint Lucia joins France and the Bahamas at No 22. Only Barbados from the Caribbean Community and indeed the region ranks higher, at No 15.

Transparency International ranks countries on a scale of 0 to 100. A mark closer to 0 means that a country is more corrupt while a mark closer  to 100 means that a country is less corrupt.

Press Secretary Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel has reacted to the news, noting that while the Government welcomes its ranking, it believes that Saint Lucia can do better and there is no reason why it should not be ranked No 1 in our region.

Mrs Emmanuel notes that while in opposition the St Lucia Labour Party continued its campaign to highlight alleged acts of corruption. She says upon assuming office the SLP made a number of changes that would promote transparency and accountability.

Meanwhile, the Government urges its citizens to be firm and resolute in the fight against corruption whether in the private sector or the public sector, in all its guises and forms.

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