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Corruption Perception Index 2019

According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index from Transparency International, 68% of countries in the Americas scored below 50 (on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being highly corrupted and 100 being 100 very clean), the top score being Canada, and the worst being Venezuela. Compare that to the Europe and Central Asia where only 48% of countries scored below 50, the Middle East and North Africa at 84%, and Asia Pacific at 68%.

Mexico scored 29, and ranks #130, out of 176 countries.

Denmark ranks #1 (scoring 87) and is the least perceived corrupted country, and Somalia ranks #180 (scoring 9), and is perceived as the most corrupted country.

Contract Enforcement 2020

According to the 2020 Guide on Doing Business from The World Bank (with the most recent round of data collection completed in May 19, 2019), judicial contract enforcement in Latin America and the Caribbean takes on average 774.2 days and costs 32% of the debt value. Compare that to the USA where it takes 444 days and costs 30.5% of debt value (on average), and Canada with 910 days and cost of 22.3%.

Mexico takes on average 341 days and costs 33% of the debt value. It ranks at #43, out of 190 countries surveyed.

Rule of Law Index 2020

The WJP Rule of Law Index 2020 by the World Justice Project presents a portrait of the rule of law in 113 countries by providing scores and rankings organized around eights factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

In overall Rule of Law, Mexico scored 0.44, and ranks #104, out of 128 countries. In Civil Justice, Mexico scored 0.39 and ranks #116 out of 128 countries.

Denmark ranking at #1 (scoring 0.90) is where the Rule of Law is perceived to be stronger, while Venezuela ranking last at #128(scoring 0.27), is where Rule of Law is perceived to be the weakest.

There is a Rule of Law Index for the Mexican States (2019-2020) that further provides information on rule of law specific to regions in Mexico, with evaluation on all factors, including civil justice. The World Bank also provides information on contract enforcement specific to regions in Mexico. In addition, the Financial Coordinating Board in Mexico sponsors surveys that show -through evaluation by Moody’s Mexico- the level of performance from local courts in Mexico. Lastly, The Institute for Economics & Peace releases a Peace Index for Mexico that measures peacefulness throughout Mexico. This information is shown by selecting a particular State from our interactive map on Mexico.