Paraguay makes inroads on corruption

 

On November 28, President Federico Franco of Paraguay  signed  a decree in support of creating the National Anti - Corruption Secretariat that will enforce a more rigid code of ethics for all public service employees.  The newly established secretariat has as its primary objective to assure the implementation and management of ethical values in government offices, a relatively difficult task to fully implement in the Paraguayan society, considering that corruption and impunity are the two persisting hurdles that delay economic progress in Paraguayan cities and rural villages.
 
The Anti-corruption Secretariat will be working closely with the Ministry of Public Service and other government entities to further improve the practice of the code of ethics by public employees in government offices. Some of the primary items are: the rule of law, efficiency and transparency of every public official, in addition to the ethical rules that every agency or government entity has adopted to implement in order to establish an environment with a solid code of ethics. 
 
The Paraguayan Code of Ethics was prepared in collaboration with the European Community, which begun funding in 2007 a modernization program for the Public Administration in Asuncion that is expected to improve the Administration’s role and functions under the supervision of the President’s cabinet.
 
In the signing ceremony there were also Interior Minister Carmelo Caballero, Minister of Public Service Nuria Isnardi, and Minister of Social Provision Victor Rivarola.  
 
Paraguay has suffered enormously from the endemic presence of corruption in almost every government office in the last two decades of democratic governments running the country. The United States has constantly encouraged the fight against corruption, strengthening of democracy, cracking  down on drug trafficking and anti-smuggling initiatives.  The strategic partnership between the United States and Paraguay has been instrumental in securing two Millennium Challenge Corporation Funds (in 2006 and 2009) for Paraguay, thereby adding more than $60 million to combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law.  
 
Spero analyst Peter M. Tase writes on Latin American political and trade issues. 
Filed under crime, politics, paraguay, crime, government, General

Comments

Argentine president says prosecutor's death was not suicide

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead this week after claiming he had evidence that President Kirchner sought to stop an investigation into a 1992 terrorist bombing that invovled Iran and Hezbollah.

Exclusive interview with fallen Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Jan 18, the day he was to give testimony linking the Argentine president with a cover-up of Iranian terrorism. This is an unpublished and exclusive interview with him on April 16, 2014.

Suicide? Argentine official received death threats

Alberto Nisman was investigating ties between Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Iran. He said that transcripts prove she made deal with Iranians and forego prosecuting Iranians for terrorist bombing.

Argentine who implicated president in terrorism is dead

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, investigator of 1994 terrorist bombing that killed dozens at a Jewish center, was found dead on the day before he was to present testimony. He implicated Pres.Fernandez de Kirchner in oil/grain swap with Iran.

Global warming trend is up, say NASA and NOAA

2014 was the hottest year on record. Marc Morano, a climate-change skeptic, points out discrepancies in datasets.

Crucified Again: persecution of Christians becomes more widespread

Approximately 100,000 Christians die every year because of their faith. One thousand Nigerian churches destroyed in 2014.

This page took 0.1191seconds to load