Cape Verde is second best governed country in Africa

15 November 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 15 Nov – Cape Verde is the second best governed country in Africa with a rating of 79 points out of 100, behind Mauritius, with 82 points, according to a report from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation cited by pan-African news agency Panapress.

The agency also said that Cape Verde had been ranked first out of 53 countries in the “Participation and Human Rights” category, in which it achieved 78 points.

“The countries classified in the first five places for overall governance – Mauritius (82 points), Cape Verde (79), Botswana (76), Seychelles (73) and South Africa (71) – have, thus far, seen a high performance in all four of the categories analysed,” the Ibrahim Foundation report said.

This index, which was created in 2007 by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organisation set up by British businessman of Sudanese origin Mohamed Ibrahim to support good governance and excellence in leadership in Africa, measures the distribution of goods and public services through 86 indicators.

Last October, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation awarded its African Leadership Prize to the former President of Cape Verde, Pedro Pires, for having turned the country into a “model of democracy, stability and prosperity.”

The Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership, with a fund of US$5 million provided over 10 years and a lifetime payment of US$200,000 per year, is granted to a former democratically-elected African president who fulfilled his/her term of office in line with the limits set by the constitution of his/her country and has left a position of power in the last three years, having demonstrated excellence during their service. (macauhub)