Corruption in Mexico continues to grow

In the Transparency International scale, Mexico scored 28 points and was the worst rated among the OECD member countries.

Corruption in Mexico continues to grow
Corruption in Mexico continues to grow

Mexico fell three places in the Perception of Corruption Index (IPC) 2018, ranking 138th out of 180 globally, and fell short of countries with governance problems and lower income levels such as Greece and Hungary, reported Transparencia Mexicana.

On a Transparency International scale, the country obtained 28 points, on a scale of 0 to 100, and ranks last among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

"Mexico, the fifteenth economy in the world, continues its downward trend, placing itself among countries with serious problems of governance and lower levels of income and human development," the agency said in a summary of the index.

Compared with Latin American countries, Chile is 111 places above Mexico and Argentina 53.

Mexico only ranked above countries such as Guatemala and Nicaragua, where democratic crises are experienced.

Mexico has not been able to dismantle the detected corruption networks and its anti-corruption measures, of a preventive nature, have failed, said Transparencia Mexicana.

Three years after the creation of the new National Anticorruption System, the holders of the special anti-corruption prosecutor's office, electoral crimes and human rights, key figures in corruption control and its effects, according to the organization, have still not been named.

The agency recommended correcting preventive actions and guiding sanctions, in addition to consolidating the National Anticorruption System and dismantling corruption networks.

Corruption Index (IPC) 2018. Image: TI
Corruption Index (IPC) 2018. Image: TI