Challenge for Transparency 2019 is signed at CdS

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As part of the global launch of Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 - Berlin, the Challenge for Transparency 2019 was held at the City of Knowledge Convention Center, where candidates for the Presidency of the Republic of Panama participated.

During the event, the Index of Perceptions of Corruption 2018 was launched, a global measurement made by the International Secretariat of Transparency every year on corruption, which includes all countries and regions of the world. The global study made clear that Panama is at a very poor rating, with a score of 37 out of 100, in terms of corruption. One of the points where Panama is worse qualified is the issue of justice.

The ceremony began with welcoming words from the Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation, Jorge Arosemena, who stressed that for the FCdS it is very special to provide a meeting space where major problems are discussed and solutions are sought for the challenges that Panama faces in the 21st century. "We support the work of the candidates to make this country even more extraordinary," said Arosemena.

Carlos Barsallo, President of the Foundation for the Development of Citizen Liberty Panamanian Chapter of Transparency International, mentioned that the results of the study are not very encouraging for Panama, which still has a high corruption index. "Nowadays not only the promises are not fulfilled, but the opposite is done entirely. That's why we are going to make sure that the winning candidate keeps his or her promises," Barsallo said.

The Challenge for Transparency 2019 was signed by the candidates for the Presidency: Ricardo Lombana, Ana Matilde Gómez, Laurentino Cortizo, José Isabel Blandón, Rómulo Roux and Marco Ameglio. All of them signed an agreement to govern for citizenship and promote actions in favor of transparency and against corruption.

To learn more about the 2019 Panama Transparency Challenge, go to: http://www.retotransparencia2019.org/