Non-profit says country still comes up short on corruption index

A non-profit organization is not too impressed by the latest ranking of Costa Rica on a worldwide corruption index.

The country has not improved, said the organization, the  Asociación Costa Rica Íntegra. It called upon official and presidential candidates to reinforce mechanisms to fight corruption.

The organization said that there is a lack of education that would reduce tolerance to corrupt practices and that the penalties and enforcement are imposed irregularly, if at all.

The index, produced by Transparency International, gave Costa Rica 53 points out of a possible 100 based on the perception of corruption gathered by five surveys.

That put the country in 49th place, up from 54th place in 2012.  By contrast, the top scorers, New Zealand and Denmark have 91 points each.

Costa Rica Íntegra pointed out that more countries were involved in this year’s index. Some officials have cheered the result because Costa Rica was listed as the third best in Latin America. But the country was a distant third from the top two Latin countries, Uruguay and Chile, by about 20 points, said the organization.

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