Business leaders discuss how the private sector can contribute to fighting impunity in the region. ... Play Video
José Adán Aguerri, President, COSEP Nicaragua
José González Campo, President, FEDEPRICAP Guatemala
Aida de Maduro, Vice President, FEDEPRICAP; former President and Member of the Board, CONEP Panama
Antonio Mora, Latin American Affairs Analyst; former Network News Anchor (moderador)
Business leaders from across Central America discuss how the private sector can bolster current efforts to fight corruption at the same time as industries contribute to economic prosperity. At the second panel of an event hosted by the Council of the Americas in Washington, panelists talked about recent improvements in Guatemalan institutions and regulations, efforts to modernize borders among countries to facilitate trade flow, as well as the need to align common interests between the private sector and government to improve infrastructure and security.
Panelists discussed the challenges of impunity and reforming the judicial system in the Northern Triangle today. ... Play Video
Claudia Escobar, Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy; former Guatemalan Court of Appeals Magistrate
Kristin Tennyson, Chair, Western Hemisphere Area Studies, U.S. Foreign Service Institute
Donald J. Planty, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderator)
When corruption is present, there is no strong rule of law, explained Claudia Escobar, a former Guatemalan Court of Appeals Magistrate, adding: "There is a fight against corruption, but the system is still the same." Judge Escobar was joined by a former U.S. ambassador to Guatemala and a Latin American expert in a Council of the Americas event in Washingon to discuss the impendiments to strengthening rule of law in Central America because. Panelists also addressed the history of other countries such as Spain and Chile as models for battling impunity.