WILLEMSTAD - Fundashon Kòrsou Transparente, the citizen movement founded after the publication of the 2013 Transparency International report on corruption risks in Curaçao, will take the coming months to evaluate the progress of the recommendations made at that time. The organization will publish interim conclusions.
The 2013 report provided an in-depth insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Curaçao's national integrity system and offered recommendations for improvement. Ten years after the report, Fundashon Kòrsou Transparente is drawing attention to the current situation and reflecting on the recommendations made at the time.
Strengths and Weak Pillars
The Transparency International report evaluated 14 pillars that constitute Curaçao's institutional landscape, including the parliament, government, judiciary, public sector, law enforcement agencies, political parties, media, and the business sector. Each pillar was assessed for its overall capacity, internal governance and procedures, and its role within the integrity system.
The report identified the judiciary, the Ombudsman, and oversight and regulatory authorities as strong pillars. In contrast, political parties, the public sector, and the media were seen as weak pillars. The lack of transparency and accountability, especially in political parties, was criticized.
Ten years ago, Transparency International made several recommendations, including ratifying the UN Convention against Corruption and developing an action plan for its implementation. They also emphasized the need for increased transparency in all sectors, especially regarding political party financing. Additionally, they stressed the importance of funding and capacity-building for law enforcement agencies.
Fundashon Kòrsou Transparente will focus on the current situation, the progress made, and the remaining steps toward a more transparent Curaçao in the coming months. The foundation aims to ensure that the recommendations are not forgotten and that there is continuous attention to integrity and transparency on the island.