Corruption bars way to more investment

Manfredo Marroquín, the Central American representative of Transparency International, said the region has to tackle corruption if it wants to promote more investment.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

El Salvador, for example, urgently needs to pass legislation that gives citizens the right of access to official information, Marroquín said. Countries also need to establish Web pages that reveal every stage of public tenders, he added.

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