Corruption in Mexico is not a cultural problem but a system: Mexican Transparency

Eduardo Bohórquez, director of Transparencia Mexicana, the organization that produces the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018, indicates that Mexico ranks 138th out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

Corruption in Mexico is not a cultural problem but a systemic one. Photo: Pixabay
Corruption in Mexico is not a cultural problem but a systemic one. Photo: Pixabay

Corruption in Mexico is not a cultural problem, since, according to the Perception of Corruption Index, Chile and Argentina, other countries that share cultural traits in Mexico, are in a better position than Mexico in this ranking.

"The really serious thing is that the culturalist argument, which we hear so many times, that is a problem of the Catholic, Hispanic culture, that had to do with the colony, with our tradition, that 'we were a great culture, but colonization he spoiled everything, 'the' sleep, but do not be fulfilled. ' The culturalist argument crumbles when you see that Chile is 11 places above Mexico, which was also a Spanish colony and shares the Catholic tradition and Argentina, which is also a federated state, is 53 places above Mexico, "he argued.

"The explanation that this is cultural is annihilated, this is a problem of political regime, of system and of inaction, we have been calling anti-corruption prosecutors for three years," he added.

Mexico ranks 138th out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index, informed Eduardo Bohórquez, director of Transparencia Mexicana, the organization that produces the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018.

"The rating is a fall of three places, compared to the previous year, the country has been constantly falling in these international instruments, the decline is not pronounced, but has been constant for 10 years," he said in the program.

In 2018, Mexico lost one point in its qualification, obtaining a total of 28, when the maximum is 100, a figure that only Denmark and New Zealand have.

He indicated that Chile is 11 places above Mexico and Argentina, 53 above.

He explained that the actions of the prevention of corruption are not working as Mexico continues to fall in the index.

He added that among the countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mexico is the worst evaluated in perception of corruption.

"It is the worst evaluated country in the OECD, it is in the worst position, and probably with the entry of Colombia and Brazil to the OECD, Mexico would remain the worst evaluated of the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)," he added.

He explained that for the preparation of this index, citizens are not interviewed but financial risk analysts, businessmen and specialists in regulatory changes in 180 countries.