Someone said that the reason Trinidad and Tobago is in the state that we find ourselves is because we never had to shed a drop of blood for our independence.
Blood should not be shed to manage corruption. Denmark, Sweden, Finland and New Zeland never fought for their independence and the are at number one.
Instead, laws should be enacted to control corruption. The problem is not in man but in the systems he creates. Those were the inexact words of the grand father of systems Buckminster Fuller.
Transparency International annual survey of the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (Highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The Corruption Index, is focused on the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery that continue to ravage societies around the world.
What they found is that no country had a perfect score, with approximately a third of the countries scoring below 50 points on the index. These countries are consider mostly corrupt.
Trinidad and Tobago ranked at 83 with a corruption index score of 38. Think about it this way, if you took a test and scored 38, that tells you something. There is a lot of work to be done, and it does not matter what the government is promoting the picture is completely different for the rest of the population. .
Trinidad and Tobago's score is exactly the scores given to Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Jamaica, Liberia, Mongolia, Peru and Zambia. Draw your own conclusions.
Small, emerging economy is no excuse because our neighbor Barbados, ranks at 15 with a index score 75 right next to the United Kingdom and Belgium.
What's wrong with this picture. It's all red, the color of our flag.
Corruption is a serious, worldwide, the world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.
Enlarge the map below to see where we rank or go to Transparency International to get all the details. The link is below the map.