The regional representative of the UNODC made this announcement at the presentation of the annual report on transparency in public administration by the National Council of Transparency against Corruption. The report concluded that 35 government agencies comply with the standards set out in Law 6 of January 22, 2002, which regulates transparency in public administration.
Abigail Benzadón, executive secretary of the council, emphasized the achievements that Panama has made on issues of transparency and a renovated public administration through technology. However, Robert Bruneau, a member of the Citizens' Alliance for Justice, pointed out that, regardless of the report submitted by the National Council of Transparency, citizens do not perceive any such progress in government officials' transparent management of public issues.
The only message the public really receives is the perception of corruption in the management of the government resources and its major projects, and likewise in how the Attorney General's office and the judicial branch handle situations, Bruneau clarified. The institutions recognized yesterday were awarded the 2012 Prisma Transparency Award.
Benzadón explained that the institutions evaluated satisfy the requisites of transparency, citizen participation, technology and accountability of state officials, on an international level.