Seychelles retained its top spot in sub-Saharan Africa in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on Tuesday.
The island nation retained the spot for the fifth consecutive year and ranked 23rd in the world in 2022, again with 70 points.
Denmark overtook Finland to take first place with 90 points. Finland and New Zealand are second and third with 87 points each.
The CPI report rates perceptions of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 being clean. Seychelles remained ranked 23rd in the world with 70 points as of 2021.
Once again, the island nation overtook large Western democracies such as the USA, which did better than last year and moved up to 24th place with 69 points.
This is good news for the islands, May de Silva, commissioner of the Seychelles Anti-Corruption Commission, said in a press release.
“We are therefore pleased that this positive action and our tireless efforts to root out corruption have been recognized by our dedicated employees and supportive public, and that we have been able to, and remain, maintaining our global position as the 23rd least corrupt country in the world corrupt country in Africa,” Silva said in a report to the Seychelles News Agency.