Cape Verde leads Portuguese-speaking African countries in development and combating corruption

8 October 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 8 Oct – Cape Verde leads Portuguese-speaking African countries in list of development and combating corruption drawn up by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, according to reports published Wednesday.

In the report published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that refers to Africa’s 53 states, Cape Verde is ranked second, with 78.01 points (on a scale of 0 to 100), behind only Mauritius (82.83 points), and ahead of the Seychelles (in third with 77.13 points), with which it swapped places as compared to the 2008 report, Botswana (fourth, 73.59) and South Africa (fifth, 69.44).

Sao Tome and Principe was placed in 10th place, with 60.23 points, Mozambique in 26th with 52.38 points, Guinea Bissau in 40th with 43.50 points and Angola with 42nd with 41.02 points.

In the report by the US’s MCC, an organisation that coordinates US cooperation and investments across the world, the report on corruption in around 100 countries, Cape Verde was considered to be 100 percent free of corruption amongst the medium income states included in the report.

Amongst the 35 medium income countries evaluated, in which Cape Verde is followed by Butan (97 percent), Jordan (94 percent), Vanuatu (91 percent) and Samoa (88 percent), are also East Timor in 28th place, with 21 percent, and Angola is second to last place, 33rd, with just 6 percent.

In the list of 63 low income countries, led by Lesotho, which also achieved a mark of 100 percent, Sao Tome and Principe was placed 12th, Mozambique in 19th and Guinea Bissau in 51st, with the last five places occupied by Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, North Korea and Somalia, where the index is 0 percent. (macauhub)