Panama to Grant Autonomy to New Transparency Body

5 April 2013

The Government of Panama has announced that will propose creation of an autonomous access to information and transparency authority, according to media accounts, including a report.

The bill that will be sent to the National Assembly would create an independent National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information that would take over from the  current Executive Secretary of the Council of Transparency against Corruption Authority.  

A statement from the Presidency said the change will comply with international requirements and ensure full compliance of citizens’ rights enshrined in the Constitution concerning access to information.

The government of President Ricardo Martinelli has been severely questioned about corruption scandals, according to the report.

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