Angola has maintained its trend of recent years in the fight against corruption, rising to 116th place in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), drawn up by non-governmental organisation Transparency International, reaching 33 points on a scale of zero to 100, according to a report released on Tuesday.
This year’s index has Angola up 20 places from its 2021 ranking, at 116th out of 180 countries and territories.
“President João Lourenço’s continued commitment to eradicating systemic corruption in the country is having an effect, including through stricter laws,” Transparency International highlights in its report on the index, stressing that Angola has shown a “significant improvement in recent years” and added 14 points since 2018.
The NGO notes that Angola’s office of public prosecutions recently asked Interpol to issue an arrest warrant against Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former president José Eduardo dos Santos, and the country’s Supreme Court ordered the seizure of her assets.
“However, there continues to be concern that corruption investigations are politically motivated and that the ruling party [MPLA] may target the opposition,” it adds.
The trend over the last five years has been for an increase of 14 points; in the last decade, the increase has been of 11 points.
The CPI was created by Transparency International in 1995 and has since become a benchmark in the analysis of the phenomenon of corruption, based on the perception of specialists and business executives about the levels of corruption in the public sector.
It is a composite index, that is, it results from the combination of corruption analysis sources developed by other independent organisations, and ranks 180 countries and territories from zero (perceived as very corrupt) to 100 points (very transparent).
In 2012, the organisation revised the methodology used to construct the index to allow for comparison of scores from one year to the next.