The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2015 by Transparency International shows that Rwanda is the fourth least corrupt country in Africa and 44th globally.
In the East African Community, Rwanda comes on top followed by Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi.
In sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana claimed the top position followed by Cape Verde, Seychelles, Rwanda, then Mauritius and Namibia.
Rwanda’s percentage score improved from 49 to 54 percent, it says.
In 2014 Rwanda was ranked among the five least corrupt countries in Africa and 55th out of 175 countries surveyed globally with 49 per cent.
The CPI covers 168 countries around the world, tackling public perceptions for corruption in the public sector.
At a global level, Denmark emerged as the least corrupt nation for the second year running, followed by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands and Norway.
Speaking at the report launch, Marie-Immaculée Ingabire, chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda, implored Rwandan government to fight perceived corruption in public sector, especially during contract negotiation for public investments and procurement in order to improve its ranking further.
Clément Musangabatware, Rwanda’s deputy Ombudsman in charge of preventing and fighting corruption cautioned there is still a long way to have a free corruption society despite the fair ranking.
Corruption, he said, remains the most daunting challenge to good governance, sustainable economic growth, peace, stability and development in Africa.
“Corruption stops economic growth by discouraging foreign investments, creates distortion in resource allocation and competitive markets, increases the cost of doing business, and reduces the net-value of public spending,” said Musangabatware.
Africa loses 148 billion U.S. dollars annually in corruption-related tendencies, according to the African Development Bank. Enditem