Friday, 20 Apr 2018
World

Today’s topic: Anti-corruption commitments

In December 1994, the first Summit of the Americas was held in Miami, Florida, which concluded with the signing of a pact to promote the development of the region based on democratic strengthening. Twenty-four years later, in light of the main problems facing our countries, it is clear that there is still much to be done. The VIII Summit of the Americas, which took place the last two days in Lima, and that had as its axis the “democratic governance against corruption” is a step that brings us closer to the goal of consolidating nations with equal opportunities, solid institutions, transparent public policies and a public apparatus that is at the service of the citizen and not that he uses it. In this context, the international premiere of Martín Vizcarra as president of the Republic could not have been more auspicious. Unlike previous conclaves, on this occasion, at the suggestion of the Peruvian president, support was obtained by acclamation to the 57 points included in the so-called Commitment of Lima, which the Peruvian president has already assured that it will take as a basis for the adoption of concrete measures. In an international conjuncture taken over by the outrageous payment of bribes by the Brazilian consortium Odebrecht, the Heads of State and Government of 33 countries have sought – within the framework of this anti-corruption struggle – to cover all the possible flanks: education to strengthen values democratic and civic, inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in State contracts, adoption of a legal framework to hold legal persons accountable for acts of corruption and the application of rules that transparent the resources of political parties in electoral campaigns, among many others. This last issue, by the way, still generates resistance in the Peruvian political class that proclaims commitment against corruption on the one hand, but gets sidetracked when it is proposed that organizations report their income and campaign expenses to the relevant electoral body. “It is time to strengthen the democratic institutions and the organs of prevention and punishment to face corruption,” said President Vizcarra when closing the summit, but, as he said on the day he took office, it is everyone’s obligation, and not Only a few, provide solutions to the problems of the country. It remains to be seen if the political, social and economic actors act up to the circumstances.

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