Summit of the Americas adopts commitment against corruption

Heads of State of the Hemisphere agree to fight corruption in order to reinforce democratic governance during the Summit in Peru
Summit of the Americas adopts commitment against corruption
Left to right: Martín Vizcarra, President of Peru; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico & Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada –Taken from @PresidenciaMX
15/04/2018
10:55
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José Meléndez, correspondent for EL UNIVERSAL
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The 8th Summit of the Americas concluded yesterday in Peru with a strong stance against corruption with the approval of the Lima Commitment, which demands the strict control of incomes and expenses of political organizations and parties, particularly during election campaigns, to ensure the licit origin of their financial resources and penalizing the “acceptance of illicit contributions." 

The Heads of State advocated for transparency in taxes and accountability, to prevent corruption in public works, public procurement, and contract awarding, in addition to international legal cooperation to fight crimes such as bribery, international corruption, organized crime, and money laundering.

The Summit concluded yesterday in Lima, with the attendance of 33 retinues from the 35 countries of the continent.

The Lima Commitment [available in English] outlines 57 items to fight corruption and protect access to information, human rights, and freedom of expression.
 

The theme of the 8th Summitt was the “Democratic Governance against Corruption,” also promoted the “broadest possible cooperation among judicial, police, and prosecutorial authorities, financial intelligence units, and administrative authorities in investigations and procedures related to offenses of corruption, money laundering, and transnational bribery and corruption.”

Moreover, it was agreed to foster codes of conduct for public officials and urge the private sector to develop similar codes.

“As part of the Summit of the Americas in Peru, member states of the Pacific Alliance met with Canada,” reads the tweet of the President's Office:
 

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