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Recently I came across a news item in a daily paper of a report prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) highlighting the most corrupt countries in the world.

Trinidad and Tobago was right up there with the leaders of corrupt nations in the world. But the clincher was several government ministers said they did not know of any corruption in their various ministries.

Since joining the reporting fraternity decades ago, I have heard stories of people having to pay bribes for certain free government services—drivers’ permits and licenses; land acquisitions; houses from the housing department; charges by police officers; contracts for building projects and various services and a whole host of other services.

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