Eduardo Vega airs his views on transparency (or the lack of it)

19 March 2017

When public officials retire from positions of authority they give interviews which provide precious clues as to how systems work, or rather do not. In an interview with La República last week, Eduardo Vega gave insights into the deficiencies in the present system of transparency in Peru.

Vega was for a lengthy time the acting Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo). Shortly after Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office, Vega was made president of the Integrity Commission. He now presides over the ethics and development programme at the Universidad Ruiz de Montoya.

Among the recommendations proffered by the commission to the government on increasing transparency in public life, described by Vega as “central” were the sworn declaration of interests for senior public officials and the creation of a National Transparency Authority. Neither have progressed much, he says.

The declaration of interests remains voluntary. Although cabinet members have provided information on their business interests “there is no norm that regulates [this] and obliges public officials”. Vega says that the executive should have used the delegated powers given to it by Congress to provide a norm to make this obligatory. “Currently this is voluntary and if [an official] does not provide [a declaration] nothing happens.

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