Sierra Leone gets 53%
November 11, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
After failing over the years, Sierra Leone has finally passed the control of corruption indicator on its recent scorecards, according to the 2016 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) report.
The MCC has 17 indicators, grouped in three categories: ruling justly, investing in people and economic freedom, while control of corruption is a key indicator and a hurdle for passing the scorecard.
Every year, MCC candidate countries receive a scorecard assessing performance in the three policy categories.
This is the first time that Sierra Leone has scored a pass mark of 53 percent, after failing to do so in 2013.
Despite passing the control of corruption indicator, Sierra Leone again failed to secure the compact because of its poor performance in ‘investing in people and economic freedom’ categories, although it was able to secure the threshold programme.
Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Shollay Davies, welcomed the news, saying: “We have always been saying that there is so much corruption but our passing of the MCC’s controlling corruption indicator shows we are making progress.”
He told a presser at the commission’s conference room at Gloucester Street in Freetown yesterday that for a country to be able to qualify for the compact, it should passed all the 17 indicators, especially the one that has to do with the control of corruption.
According to him, the passing of the MCC’s control of corruption indicator largely has to do with efforts by the commission and the government in the fight against corruption, citing the implementation of the ‘Pay No Bribe’ campaign.
He said in in 2015, Sierra Leone secured the threshold programme of the MCC, but was unable to qualify for the compact because the country could not pass the control of corruption.
“We have in the past focused our attention on the negatives. When we perform poorly in international ratings it attracts the attention of the media. It is not all bad in our country. We are beginning to make progress,” he said.
Mr. Davies opined that with the current implementation of the ‘Pay No Bribe’ campaign, it was the commission’s fervent hope that the scores will be higher when the next assessment would be done by the MCC.