Impact | Negative
CIVICUS Rating | Repressed
On May 24, the National Congress approved a reform to the law on transparency and access to public information that obliges public institutions to document, consolidate, digitize and publish online and through their transparency portals the laws and reforms approved in their area of competence.
There is still a long way to go for public transparency, however. A report published by El Heraldo indicates that, as of today, 62% of public institutions do not share updated information on their financial status on their electronic portals or they are outdated, including notably that of the Ministry of Transparency. The study is based on the review of 21 websites, 5 of which do not provide any type of information available. State agencies are required by law to upload information on a monthly basis.
The control of the Transparency Secretariat has been a field of dispute between two competing political sectors, the government of Xiomara Castro and state bureaucracy officials who still answer to former President Juan Orlando Hernández. After the restructuring of the Secretariat, which was suspected of covering up for the local corruption network when Partido Nacional was still in power, its current heads denounced that it is now subject to a boycott by agents who do not enable the budget allocated by the Congress and the Executive Branch. Due to this, the services provided by its digital platforms will be interrupted shortly.