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Panama gets bad marks in world graft index, but others in region do even worse. Costa Rica not too bad, though

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Panama remains in the bottom third of the world ranking in transparency. The figures come from a report published by Transparency International.

Chile and Uruguay are the leaders in transparency in Latin America, while Venezuela and Paraguay are perceived as the most corrupt. Only three of the twenty Latin American countries in the area reached a level of perceived transparency of the public sector.

On a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very transparent), Chile (7.2) ranked 22 out of 183 countries surveyed, Uruguay (7.9) 25 and Puerto Rico (5.6) for 39, while Nicaragua (2.5), Paraguay ( 2.2) and Venezuela (1.9) occupied caboose. Costa Rica scored 4.8 and Panama 3.3.

Original source: Newsroom Panama