06/12/2012 - Secretary of the National Council for Transparency against Corrrupcion Abigail Benzadón today disputed the results of an internation report that concluded that Panama has been stagnant in its fight against corruption.
The report, published by Transparency International, said that the perception of corruption has remained unchanged in Panama.
Benzadón said that the report does not include an analysis of any hard data and that "there are no statistics behind its findings."
She said that Panama has made substantial strides in the fight against corruption in recent years.
But Mariela Arce, of the Social Studies Center of Panama, claimed that Panama has significantly regressed in the area of transparency.
Arce said that the work carried out by the National Council of Transparency has not been very visible to the public.
Aníbal Culiolis, vice president of the Partido Popular, said that the government has done very little to promote transparency and the fight against corruption.
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