Government views the recent 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report in which Sierra Leone is rated as the country with the highest incidences of bribery as not being statistically representative because the sample size of 1,028 respondents in a population of about six million people, the distribution of the sample population, and the sample frame used remain inadequate;

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Government of Sierra Leone

Ministry of Information and Communications

Press Release

Freetown, July 11, 2013

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The attention of the Government of Sierra Leone has been drawn to the 2013 2013 Corruption Barometer report issued by Transparency International (TI) in which it rated Sierra Leone as the the country with the highest incidences of bribery in the areas of accessing social services.

Whilst the Government of Sierra Leone commends Transparency International for its commitment to mitigating incidents of corruption across the world and cognizant of the fact that corruption is contributing in no less ways to the underdevelopment in third world countries, including Sierra Leone,the Government of Sierra Leone would like to note the following:

- That it condemns in no uncertain terms any form of corruption particularly in the delivery of services;

- That Government established the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) with a view to address corruption in the procurement and delivery of goods and services;

- Government remains committed to passing the Freedom of Information Bill to further provide information access to civil society, religious bodies and other whistle blowers in the fight against corruption;

- Government remains committed to fighting graft with renewed zeal as demonstrated in the revised Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 that removed the political process in determining cases for prosecution;

- That Government recognises the dividends of the revised Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 because high-profile public officials including cabinet ministers are being indicted, prosecuted and some found guilty of corruption without any political interference;

- However, whilst the Government of Sierra Leone commends Transparency International for recognising the favourable efforts the Government is making in fighting corruption as reflected in their 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report in which Sierra Leone made 11 positive steps upwards compared to previous years predating the enactment of the 2008 Anti-Corruption Act;

- Government will still therefore continue to support the Anti-Corruption Commission in its sensitization efforts by further capacitating the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat and other institutions working with government in combating this malaise;

- Government views the recent 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report in which Sierra Leone is rated as the country with the highest incidences of bribery as not being statistically representative because the sample size of 1,028 respondents in a population of about six million people, the distribution of the sample population, and the sample frame used remain inadequate;

- Government is of the firm view that the inconsistencies described above are largely due to sampling errors emanating from a baseless sample frame thereby questioning both the validity and reliability of the results;

- To this end, Government renews its unflinching committment to support and strengthen all those democratic institutions including the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, civil society organizations, religious bodies, local and international development partners, Transparency International and other anti-graft watchdogs in combating all forms of corruption.

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Signed:

Office of Government Spokesman

Ministry of Information & Communications

8th Floor, Youyi Building

Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone.

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