Suriname became a member of CARICOM on 4th July 1995. For details on the economy, political structure and demographics see the World Fact Book - Suriname.
On 15th October 2008 Suriname signed the CARIFORUM EC - EPA which contains public procurement conditions for the first time in a multi-lateral trade agreement in the ACP. The conditions require transparency in all Government Procurement above a threshold of approximately 164,000 Euros.
There is presently draft Anti-Corruption legislation before the Parliament which has not yet been passed. Presently, the Office of the Attorney General is the key combatant to corruption utilizing the traditional criminal legislation principally the offences of fraud and theft. An Indictment of Political Officials Act was passed in accordance with article 140 of the Constitution of Suriname in order to facilitate the prosecution of a former Minister of Natural Resources who in the line of his duties had allegedly acted corruptly.
Suriname has ratified the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters but neither the UN Convention on Corruption nor the CARICOM Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty on Serious Criminal Matters.
Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2009 Ranking measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The CPI is a "survey of surveys", based on 13 different expert and business surveys. Suriname ranked 75th in the CPI 2009 with a score of 3.7.