Lack of Access to Public Information

In Guatemala economic operators do not have the necessary facilities for access to public information to be used as input for their business decisions.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

With the aim of finding out about progress made in the implementation of the Law on Access to Information, Citizen Action, and Transparency International evaluated the performance of websites and the information units during 2013. reports that on a scale of 0 to 100, with institutions categorised as "regular" were the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS ) with 58.73%, the Constitutional Court (58.08 %), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (53.63%) , the Comptroller General of Accounts (53.43%) , the National Institute of Forensic Science (45.03%) and the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala (CDAG) with 35.24%.

Those categorised as having an insufficient level of access to public information were: The Technical Institute for Training and Productivity (32.71%), the Public Ministry, (31.37%), the Department of Land Affairs (28.64%), The Institute for Recreation of Private Enterprise Workers of Guatemala (12.57%), the Institute for the Promotion of Insured Mortgages (11.04%) and the Municipality of Mixco with 27.42%.

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