Togo jumped six places in the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released last Tuesday by Transparency International. The West African nation which was 134th out of 180 countries in 2019 and 2020 ranked 128th last year, with a score of 30 over 100 (+1).
Lomé was 29th in Africa and its score was above the average recorded across the sub-Saharan African region – a region which made “no significant improvement” in the 2021 CPI.
Worldwide, the average score stagnated (43/100) for the tenth consecutive year, reflecting “stalled levels of corruption,” according to the Berlin-based NGO. The index notes that “two-thirds of countries scored below 50.”
As usual, Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand topped the ranking, each with a score of 88.
Meanwhile, in Africa, the top three performers are Seychelles (23rd in the world with a score of 70), Cabo Verde (39th, 58), and Botswana (45th, 55). At the bottom of the index (both in Africa and the world) are South Sudan (180th, 11), Somalia (178th, 13), and Equatorial Guinea (172th, 17). Libya shares Equatorial Guinea’s score and rank.
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, was 154th worldwide with a score of 24 over 100.
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