05/12/2012 - Panama has remained in about the same position in an international survey on corruption released today.
The survey, compiled by Transparency International, resuled in Panama scoring 38 out of 100, placing it around the middle of countries from Latin America.
Angélica Maytín, of Transparency International Panama, said that Panama effectively scored 33 and 36 in previous surveys, so this year's score was a slight improvement.
Countries such as El Salvador, Jamaica and Peru have a score similar to Panama. The best rated countries in the Americas include Canada, United States, Chile, and Paraguay.
According to Maytin, there is still the perception of corruption in the country because there is no certainty of punishment.
The government has also failed to devliver on its promise of reducing corruption.
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