PANAMA ADVANCES IN ANTI-CORRUPTION RULES BUT THE INSTITUTIONS ARE “OPAQUE”

On 22 June, Telemetro commented on the report by the Panama chapter of Transparency International, in which it is said that Panama has made progress normatively, but there is a lack of implementation in practice that is not done due to lack of political will or resources.  The report analysed the implementation of five sub-goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 16 in Panama in the first half of 2021.  It said that that there is no “robust regulatory framework” in asset recovery, corruption in the private sector, fiscal transparency and integrity in public administration, and that there are “significant challenges” in access to public information, as there is still “an ineffective sanctioning framework”.  While Panama has improved its anti-corruption laws in specific areas such as money laundering and policy financing, it still faces challenges such as the “implementation of the rules, it is said.

The relevant SDG 16 goals are –

16.3:      access to justice

16.4:      organised crime and illicit flows

16.5:      corruption and bribery

16.6:      transparency and accountability

16.10:   access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/panama-avanza-normas-anticorrupcion-pero-las-instituciones-son-opacas-n5248082

https://www.libertadciudadana.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Informe_ODS16-Panama-2021.pdf (in Spanish)

Similar reports for other latin American states are at –

https://www.ods16.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/informe_ods_esp.compressed.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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