Ghana tumbled 11 clear places on the Global Corruption Index to rank 81 out of 180 countries globally in 2017, compared with the 70th place out of 176 countries globally scored in 2016, Ghana Integrity Initiative(GII) local chapter of Transparency International (TI) revealed here late Wednesday.

For the current rankings Ghana scored 40 out of 100 scores compared with the 43 out of 100 it scored during the 2016 ranking.

“We have the CPI for 2017 and Ghana performed not too good. Ghana actually dropped so far as our score is concerned. The most important thing on the CPI is the score and so on the scale of 0 to 100, Ghana scored 40 out of 100 points,” Linda Ofori-Kwarfo Executive Director of GII told the media here late Wednesday after the release.

This score is the lowest in Ghana’s CPI score since 2012 when Ghana scored 45 points out of 100, scoring 46 out of 100 a year later and 48 out of 100 in 2014.

“Our first-hand experience working in more than 100 countries around the world shows that activists and media are vital to combating corruption. As such, Transparency International calls on the global community to take the following actions to curb corruption,” TI said in its analysis that came with the rankings.

It urged governments and businesses to do more to encourage free speech, independent media, political dissent and an open and engaged civil society.

“Governments should minimize regulations on media, including traditional and new media, and ensure that journalists can work without fear of repression or violence. In addition, international donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to international organizations,” it insisted. TI added that Civil society and governments should promote laws that focus on access to information.

This access helps enhance transparency and accountability while reducing opportunities for corruption. Enditem

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