Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI) launched the results of the Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.
This event was well attended by representatives from Diplomatic missions, Civil Society Organisations, Members of the Legal profession, Religious bodies, Regional Corporations, public and private sector, members of the press and the public, all of whom were keen to learn how Trinidad and Tobago fared in this international report which ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
T&T received a score of 41 out of 100 in the 2018 CPI, similar to the score of 2017 and has fallen in the rankings by one spot from 77th to 78th out of 180 countries.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Moonilal Lalchan - Chairman/ Procurement Regulator the Office of Procurement Regulation said that “One doesn’t bribe oneself. One has to be bribed. It therefore means that the private sector businesses, small and large, also have a role to play in ensuring they deal honestly when offering their goods and services to governments and other public bodies.” Mr Lalchan also assured that “as the country’s first procurement regulator, it is my honour to not only stand, but to pledge my allegiance with TTTI in its mission to “stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of our society.”