The General Comptroller of Accounts, the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Guatemala, has declared 2021 the Year of Ethics and Probity, in accordance with the Institutional Code of Ethics, which seeks to eliminate corruption from public service. This year marks the bicentennial of independence for Guatemala and Central America, and the 76th anniversary of SAI Guatemala.
The year has also been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters due to climate change. Given these challenges, and the country’s commitment to work toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is more important than ever that government entities make decisions about public spending with absolute transparency and accountability. Doing so will ultimately bolster the rule of law and participatory democracy. However, annual indicators show that improvement is still needed in this area.
His Eminence Álvaro Cardenal Ramazzini, Bishop of the Diocese of Huehuetenango, and Dr. Rebeca Arias, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme of Guatemala, along with members of the diplomatic community, public officials, and other stakeholders, participated in the declaration.