In the past 30 years, the country has undergone major political changes. The most important result is that Mexico has undergone a peaceful process of democratic transition. At present, our political system has popular representatives from various parties, and there is a strong judicial system that maintains the balance of powers.
In addition to this, Mexico has achieved unprecedented institutional development, expanding the development of autonomous organizations that promote and protect monetary stability, electoral justice, economic competition and transparency.
In order to strengthen the rule of law, on May 12, within the framework of the Anti-Corruption Summit, Mexico became a founding member of the Contracting Alliance 5 (C5) together with Colombia, France, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
This alliance is a network of countries seeking to effectively implement the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) to eliminate corruption in public procurement processes.
This standard involves the release of interoperable, structured, reusable data, directly related to the full cycle of the contracting process, from initial planning through contract bidding to final construction. While this appears to be a complicated process, the idea is precisely to make the public works process more open and transparent.
As part of efforts to promote the Open Contracting Standard, Mexico has implemented this standard in two of the most important infrastructure projects in this administration: the new Mexico City International Airport, and the Shared Telecommunications Network.
It is important to note that the C5 Alliance is not exclusive to Mexico. C5 seeks to create a global community dedicated to ensuring the implementation of open contracts. This is because corruption works transnationally, which is why our efforts to combat it must go beyond national borders.
It is also worth noting that the implementation of the OCDS is not an isolated effort. Mexico has made several international commitments to ensure that the opacity ends and the rule of law prevails. For example, at the United Nations General Assembly last year, Mexico launched the International Open Data Charter as a mechanism to fight corruption globally.
Continuous efforts have also been made to promote transparency in the extractive industries by inserting them into the process to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
These are just some of the international efforts the government is making to promote transparency within the country and globally.
However, much remains be done. These efforts mark the beginning of a new route for Mexico, in which transparency will become a central feature of all public policies.