Professor Trevor Munroe
Jamaica's ranking on the 2017 Corruption Perception Index has improved when compared to the previous year.
This was revealed by Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), at a media briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Professor Munroe said Jamaica's score is now on par with the Americas and marginally above the global average.
"Jamaica's performance in 2017 reflected an improvement in score on the Corruption Perception Index from 38 to 44 on a scale of zero to 100 and a jump upwards by some 15 places from number 83 of 176 countries in 2016 to number 68 of 180 countries in 2017," he outlined.
He again called for the enactment of the code of political conduct, urging stakeholders to "ensure the hard-won integrity in Jamaica's electoral administration is not undermined" and "to outlaw and punish the corrupt misuse of public funds for partisan electoral purposes by any administration."
Professor Monroe also weighed in on the appointment of Brian Sykes as acting Chief Justice, arguing that a further delay in the full appointment of the Chief Justice can seriously erode the gains made in the 2017 Corruption Perception Index.