- Mariana Campos, Public Expenditure Program Coordinator, México Evalúa
- Francisco García, Associate Analyst, Control Risks
- Pablo Montes Mendoza, Anticorruption Coordinator, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO)
- Roberto Simon, Senior Director and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA (moderator)
AS/COA's Anti-Corruption Working Group Head Roberto Simon kicked off the panel on the state of Mexico's anti-corruption environment by discussing some of the findings on Mexico in the CCC Index 2020 report, including the country’s eighth-place ranking, the quality of its democracy, rule-making processes, and government transparency. México Evalúa's Mariana Campos said the country’s the low ranking for institutional independence was unsurprising. “We lag in having a generation of real civil servants in key institutions,” she said, adding that the current administration “does not trust” civil society. Campos also highlighted the need to incentivize police performance and professionalize security forces, which cannot be done without better coordination between local governments and broader fiscal reform.
Control Risks analyst Francisco García spoke about how the Mexican government’s vertical structure reduces the transparency of anti-corruption efforts, saying, “There isn't a willingness by the goverment to go to the full length of what an anti-corruption investigation is.” IMCO's Pablo Montes Mendoza elaborated on the question of asset recovery, the need for checks and balances in anti-corruption work, and the need for new policy that uses data and technology to better detect and prevent corruption.