In the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on Tuesday, Seychelles maintained its top ranking for the Sub-Saharan African region.
The island nation retained the position for the fifth consecutive year and the 23rd ranking globally in 2022, with 70 points.
Denmark outperformed Finland, finishing first with 90 points. With 87 points each, Finland and New Zealand are second and third.
The CPI report rates public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 being clean. Seychelles remained in 23rd place globally, as it had done in 2021, with a score of 70 points.
The island state outperformed major Western democracies such as the United States, which improved on last year’s performance and climbed to 24th place with a score of 69 points.
May De Silva, the commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Seychelles (ACCS), stated in a press release that this is good news for the islands.
“We are therefore delighted that this positive action and our tireless efforts to root out corruption by our committed staff and the supportive public has been recognised and that we are able to maintain our global position as the 23rd least corrupt country in the world and remain the least corrupt country in Africa,” said de Silva in a report by seychellesnewsagency.