Trinidad and Tobago was perceived to be more corrupt in 2016 than it was a year before, Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index has shown.
According to the global corruption watchdog, this country's corruption ranking plunged from 72nd out of 168 countries assessed in 2015 to 101st out of 176 countries assessed in 2016.
Our score on the index also fell by four notches, from 39 out of 100 in 2015 to 35 out of 100 for 2016.
Previous scores were 38 in 2014 and 2013 and 39 in 2012.
The lower the score means that a country is seen as more corrupt.
The latest index showed that Trinidad and Tobago ranked the same as Gabon, Niger, Peru, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Philippines.
The results of the index were released this morning by Transparency International's local chapter, the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI), at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt Hope.
TTTI chairman Dion Abdool, said CARICOM countries which scored higher than Trinidad and Tobago included the Bahamas (66), Barbados (61), St Lucia (60), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (60), Dominica (59), Grenada (56), Suriname (45) and Jamaica (39).
CARICOM countries perceived to be more corrupt than us included Guyana (34) and Haiti (20), Abdool revealed.
Denmark and New Zealand were seen as the least corrupt countries, scoring both 90, while Somalia was seen as the most corrupt, scoring only 10.
The CPI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 176 countries/territories around the world.
According to the TTTI, the 2016 results showed that more countries declined on the index than improved, “showing the need for urgent action”.