The country drops 4 points but more importantly drops from 49th to 57th place globally. On the African level, Mauritius drops one place and is 5th, behind the Seychelles, Botswana, Cape Verde and Rwanda. This is what emerges from a statement issued by Transparency Mauritius on Tuesday.
The release of Transparency Mauritius cites some scandals to explain the fall of Mauritius in the ranking. Among them, “the Kistnen affair and its political ramifications” as well as the abuse of the emergency criteria in relation to the public procurement protocols of drugs or medical equipment by the health department.
Transparency Mauritius also highlights the role of the police, which it describes as not fully transparent, as well as electoral disputes. The organisation nevertheless mentions Mauritius’ efforts to get off the European Union’s blacklist and the FATF’s grey list and says it expects a change in culture with the implementation of new laws and regulations on anti-money laundering and terrorism.
The Transparency Mauritius statement also speaks of institutions “shaken by scandals”, nepotism, and conflict of interest cases” and says the Adani case further tarnishes the financial sector after the Sobrinho and St Louis cases.