The United States has renewed its travel alert, warning that the levels of violence and crime in the the department of Gracias a Dios are very high.
From a press release issued by the US Department of State:
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to the Department of Gracias a Dios in Honduras. In addition, the greater urban areas of San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and La Ceiba have notably high crime and violence rates. This replaces the Honduras Travel Warning dated August 5, 2016.
This is part of a series of actions taken by authorities to increase transparency in public spending, which also includes creating a citizen watchdog and controlling public works executed by municipalities and development councils.
The mayoral office of San Salvador has announced it will be investing $15 million in the installation of a video surveillance system to complement the 500 cameras already operating in the capital.
Although the initiative of the mayoral office has been criticized by some sectors, Mayor Najib Bukele stated that the bidding process will be transparent and will be supervised by the Attorney General.
The Executive Power sent the first part of the fiscal modernization project to the Congress of the Republic without the proposal for the new income tax (IRS) and VAT retencions.
The modernization project will be implemented over a period of two years, and includes reforms in public expenditure, the creation of citizen's observatory, a new set of regulations for the administration of trusts, and a Vice-Minister of Transparency at the Treasury.
The World Bank approved a technical assistance loan for the Plan of Modernization of Public Financial Management.
The project will be carried out with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Commission and the Kingdom of Netherlands, aiming at improving the accountability process.
"This project will strengthen government with the modernization and professionalization of state institutions and promoting citizen participation," said Camille Nuamah, World Bank Resident Representative in Nicaragua.
The United States has renewed its travel alert warning that crimes such as extortion, assault and robbery are common in the country.
From a press release issued by the US State Department:
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to El Salvador due to the high rates of crime and violence. El Salvador has one of the highest homicide levels in the world and crimes such as extortion, assault and robbery are common. This replaces the Travel Warning for El Salvador dated January 15, 2016.
"The agreement between the Department of Commerce and Industries and the Public Registrar means not only financial savings but also saving time for citizens," said the minister of Commerce and Industries, Gisela Álvarez de Porras.
Acknowledging the failure of the current strategy to address insecurity, a call has been made for expressions of interest to provide external advice to the Ministry of Security.
An article on Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "... The Government will draw on outside expertise in order to address insecurity in the country, described as the main problem, according to the latest survey by Dichter & Neira. Now, the security minister, Rodolfo Aguilera Franceschi, will be hiring consultancy services on citizen security ", for which a tender bidding process has been started with a call for expressions of interest for the" Procurement of Consulting Services for "Technical Coordination of a national public safety strategy. "
President Mauricio Funes is analyzing the possibility of hiring international advisors to fight crime.
The official indicated he will continue working with his Security Cabinet, handling different proposals and ideas.
“During the X National Encounter of the Private Enterprise (ENADE), Funes invited businesses to coordinate efforts with the government to fight organized crime, insecurity and violence, as they hamper productivity”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.
The Secrecy Act gives power to the owners of institutions to declare secret any information which according to its criteria needs to be hidden.
The Official Secrets and Classification of Public Information Act, which was approved last Wednesday, will be contested through a constitutional case as it is considered to violate citizens right to know how public funds are managed.
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