Call for Caution in Fight Against Corruption

After the Salvadoran president announced the possible installation of an International Commission against Corruption and Impunity, the business sector asked to "evaluate the experiences of Guatemala and Honduras.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After Bukele reported that before his 100 days in office he would present a proposal to install an international commission in the country, the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) said it is essential to comply with the law and that there must be real political will to fight corruption.

However, the businessmen's guild assured that "... it is unaware of the details of the Executive Branch's proposal for the installation of an International Commission against Corruption and Impunity in El Salvador (CICIES), but it was in favor of a national commission that has the backing of international organizations.

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Laprensagrafica.com reviews that "... In its statement, ANEP welcomed the work of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the fight against corruption, and asked to evaluate the experiences of Guatemala and Honduras in terms of effectiveness and political, social and democratic costs of similar institutions. In addition, it recalled that as a trade union, they have presented anti-corruption proposals at the National Meetings of Private Enterprise (ENADE) held in 2012 and 2016."

In the case of Guatemala, the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG) was not renewed and will come to an end next September, after more than a decade of being in the country.

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The Post-CICIG Era Begins

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Twelve years after having settled in Guatemala and after multiple struggles for the non-renewal of its mandate, from today the International Commission against Impunity is no longer operating.

In August 2007, the Congress of the Republic approved the creation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), which arrived in the country with the mission of investigating criminal structures operating within government institutions, work done in association with the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Guatemala: CICIG's Withdrawal Impact

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For Moody's, the withdrawal of the International Commission against Impunity weakens efforts to improve the rule of law in a country with high levels of corruption.

For Moody's, President Morales' decision to end the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is a setback for the country because corruption is still widespread and institutions are still fragile.

Guatemala: Goodbye, CICIG

September 2018

Arguing that it is time to "strengthen State institutions," President Morales has announced that he will not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity, whose term expires in a year.

The controversial decision by the Guatemalan government, which was announced over the weekend, is based, according to Morales, on the idea that after ten years of work by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the time has come to transfer its capabilities over to the State.

Corruption Perception in Central America

February 2018

In 2017, the perception of corruption in public institutions increased in all of the countries in the region, with the exception of Guatemala and Nicaragua, where it remained the same as in 2016, and in Costa Rica, where it decreased slightly.

The public sector still perceives Nicaragua to be the most corrupt country (transparency level 26 on a scale from 0 to 100), followed by Guatemala (28), Honduras (29), El Salvador (33), Panama (37) and Costa Rica (59).

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