Central America's Commitment to Security

Widespread corruption, institutional weakness, disputes between countries, and resistance to more taxes, are jeopardizing the chances of success of the plan and its 22 projects.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A summit held in Guatemala, where for the first time since 1856 Central American countries agreed to fight together, culminated in joint action plans to combat drug trafficking.

Analysts warn that achieving concrete projects to prevent and suppress crime is "...complex for seven countries with mutual struggles, weak institutions, limited resources and high levels of corruption, and whose businesses hold back any attempt to raise taxes", reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni

For Francisco Rojas, the general secretary of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), the countries' lack of institutional capacity to manage projects will be one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the objectives.

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Do these countries have a real chance of stopping drug trafficking, in the context of economies like Guatemala's where the value of the drug economy is double the country's GDP?

In 2007, just 1% of all South American cocaine sold in the USA passed through the region. Now the figure is between 60% and 90%.

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