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The 2022 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index

The fourth edition of AS/COA and Control Risks’ CCC Index positions the Dominican Republic as fifth best ranked among 15 Latin American countries. The ranking explores the countries’ ability to detect, punish and prevent corruption. The survey is in its fourth year.

Rather than measuring perceived levels of corruption, the CCC Index evaluates and ranks countries based on how effectively they are able to combat corruption. Countries with a higher score are deemed more likely to see corrupt actors prosecuted and punished.

The report says that the Dominican Republic has continued its rise in the CCC Index, climbing from 10th place in 2021 to 5th place in 2022. The DR was ranked 13th in the 2020 report.

The country’s overall score improved by 18% since 2021, boosted by 24% growth in the legal capacity category and significant advancement in the variables assessing international cooperation and anti-corruption agencies.

The report indicates that the gains reflect President Luis Abinader’s anti-corruption push since he entered office in 2020. His administration has proposed a law to promote transparency in public contracts, instituted compliance programs in public institutions, and enacted a law to simplify bureaucracy.

The report indicates that sespite these reforms, more resources are needed to fight corruption, and the Attorney General has requested that Congress dedicate more funds to the Public Ministry. Over the last year, high-profile anti-corruption investigations like Operación Coral and Operación Antipulpo have continued.

In its findings, the index reveals: “These operations have mainly focused on individuals with ties to the previous administration, leading to accusations that these investigations are politically motivated. The Abinader government has also investigated alleged acts of corruption from within its own administration. Abinader was named in the October 2021 Pandora Papers leak of documents detailing leaders’ use of offshore companies, and stated that he has always fulfilled his tax obligations.”

The report says the Dominican Republic has registered a significant increase in the variable assessing civil society mobilization against corruption, indicating that citizens continue to demand government accountability and actively scrutinize the current administration’s anti-corruption efforts.

The ranking in the 2022 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index:
Uruguay (7.42 out of 10)
Costa Rica (7.11)
Chile (6.88)
Peru (5.66)
Dominican Republic (5.19)
Argentina (5.04)
Panama (4.96)
Colombia (4.87)
Ecuador (4.82)
Brazil (4.76)
Paraguay (4.45)
Mexico (4.05)
Guatemala (3.38)
Bolivia (2.57)
Venezuela (1.63)

The CCC Index looks at 14 key variables, including the independence of judicial institutions, the strength of investigative journalism, and the level of resources available for combating white collar crime. These variables are divided in three categories: legal capacity, democracy and political institutions, and civil society and media. Countries’ overall scores are a weighted aggregate of these three categories.

The index relies on extensive data and on a proprietary survey conducted among leading anti-corruption experts from Control Risks, academia, civil society, media, and the private sector.

The report is produced by the association of the Americas Society (AS) and the Council of the Americas.
The Americas Society is described as the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
The Council of the Americas (COA) is described as the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.

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22 June 2022