OECD Integrity Review of Costa Rica

Safeguarding Democratic Achievements

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Costa Rica is seeking to consolidate democratic gains to safeguard trust in government and build economic resilience. This Integrity Review looks at how Costa Rica can translate its recent National Strategy for Integrity and Prevention of Corruption into a concrete and coherent integrity policy. It also reviews the framework for managing conflict of interest and considers how best to address the lack of regulation on lobbying and promote integrity and transparency in all activities aimed at influencing public decision making. Finally, the Integrity Review analyses Costa Rica’s disciplinary enforcement system, with a view to reinforcing the credibility and effectivity of its integrity policies.

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Executive summary

Costa Rica is the longest standing democracy in Latin America. Overall, the country is displaying good results in the area of public governance, integrity and corruption compared with other countries in the region and with the OECD average. Nonetheless, Costa Rica recently faced several high-level corruption cases and there is a need to consolidate democratic gains, safeguard trust in government and build economic resilience. While the country is already taking action against impunity, investments in corruption prevention and strong insitutions will be important to effectively manage integrity risks.Establishing and continuously improving a coherent and comprehensive integrity system will help maintain democratic stability and economic prosperity.

English Also available in: Spanish

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