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CELAC meeting creates Anti-Corruption Group

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Mexico City, 28 October 2021 (TDI): The V Meeting of Ministers, and High Authorities of Prevention and Fight Against Corruption; was on 27 October. The Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States (CELAC) organized the meeting.

The Mexican Chancellor, Marcelo Ebrard, the Public Functions Minister, Roberto Salcedo Aquino, were present at the meeting. Other assistants were the Superior Auditor of the Federation, David Colmenares Paramo, and also Ministers in charge to combat corruption.

The Assistants agreed that regional cooperation is important to achieve the goal. That goal is to make the region a reference in the anti-corruption fight worldwide then. The meeting created the Specialized Group in Prevention and also Fight Against Corruption (GPFAC).

This group will have representatives of Member States and will hold meetings to review its advances. In those meetings, the group will also be to achieve the commitments and agreements that the CELAC reached. It is mentioned that the group will act respecting the sovereignty of Member States.

GROUP’S MISSION

The GPFAC’s main mission is to analyze, and exchange practices, experiences, and information. The Group will also have to promote and facilitate cooperation between the Member States.

The Member States approved in the meeting the first program of the Group to 2022. The focus of the program is key topics in the region. Those topics are service ethics, business integrity, open data, and government; and also to protect people that report corruption.

The Member States also adopted a Joint Declaration. The Declaration remarks the commitment to share practices and strategies. This is to reach in less than 8 years the goals of the SDG 16 of the 2030 Agenda.

That goal refers to peace, justice, and solid institutions; and also to ensure inclusive anti-corruption strategies. Those strategies need to counteract the effects of corruption, like poverty, violence, insecurity, forced migration; and organized crime. The organization presented First Compendium on Anti-Corruption Strategies, Policies, and Good Practices.

The Compendium remarked on the actions and programs that have been effective against corruption. Those programs have also increased transparency, accountability, and oversight; to measure the corruption levels in the region.

The Members also approved the Region’s Network for Transparency in Public Management, Open Government, and Data. This will be a permanent tool of dialogue, and regional cooperation, to exchange anti-corruption strategies.

Carla Esparza Arteaga
Carla Esparza Arteagahttps://thediplomaticinsight.com
International Relations student at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain. Main interests are the work of International Organizations like the UN in the scope of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable human beings and the environment

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