BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
Cuba slipped five places on an international corruption ranking, reinforcing the perception that bribery is a growing problem in a country caught between its Soviet-styled economy and its push toward market reforms.
The Germany-based Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2013 ranked Cuba in 63rd place among 177 countries and territories — tied with Ghana and Saudi Arabia — and five spots lower than in the previous year.
Uruguay held the top spot in Latin Americanat 19th place, followed by Chile in 22nd, Puerto Rico in 33rd and Costa Rica in 49th. Following Cuba were all other Latin American nations, with Mexico in 106th and Venezuela in 160th — the region’s worst and tied with Eritrea and Cambodia.