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Panama promotes citizen control against corruption

The Panamanian civil society will have an anti-corruption citizen observatory to follow up all government actions and contribute to the creation of public policies that help to improve the institutionality of the country
  • El Universal

In order to keep the comptroller of public contracting, administration of justice and parliamentary management, the Panamanian civil society will have an anti-corruption citizen observatory to follow up all government actions and contribute to the creation of public policies that help to improve the institutionality of the country.

Represented by organizations such as Movimiento Independiente de Panama (Movin), Juntos Decidimos and Generación Sin Límites, jointly with governmental institutions such as the National Assembly (AN), the Public Ministry, the Judicial Branch and the General Directorate of Public Procurement (DGCP); the initiative is a commitment of the Third National Open Government Action Plan 2017-2019 and, according to its proponents, will focus on "three main axes".

Antonio Lam, head of international technical cooperation office of the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (Antai) of Panama, told this media that the main goal of the proposal is to monitor the main corruption claims filed, to verify the progress of investigations and cases in the Public Ministry and the Judicial Branch, until a sentence is issued.

The observatory will create a portal to monitor corruption cases reported in the country.

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