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Botswana: Country rated again Africa's least corrupt country

Berlin-based international nongovernment organization, Transparency International (TI) has ranked Botswana the least corrupt country in Africa for the 18th year in a row. TI puts Botswana at the 30th out of 177 countries and territories and the first in all African countries in its latest corruption perception index (CPI) survey released on Tuesday. Last year the country was also ranked 30 and 32 in 2011. According to the report, Botswana scored an overall score of 64 compared to 65 last year and was the only country to score above 60 in Africa. "Botswana's success in the annual survey over the years has been attributed to our zero tolerance approach to corruption buttressed by the putting into place of multiple oversight institution, such as the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), the Competition Authority and the Financial Intelligence Agency," said Botswana government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay in a statement. "Since 2008 the DCEC, in particular, has increased its capacity and reach with the assistance of outside experts," he said.