TULUM, México – “In this era of true transformation under the new government, one of the most crucial objectives is to combat corruption, insecurity, marginalization, and all forms of inequality that have historically plagued the state,” emphasized Reyna Arceo Rosado, the head of the State Secretariat of the Comptroller (Secoes), during the 2023 Global Anti-Corruption Forum, which took place in Quintana Roo’s own municipality, Tulum.
The event served as a platform where national and international authorities, along with representatives from civil society organizations, engaged in introspective discussions, analysis, and advocacy for the fight against corruption.
Representing Governor Mara Lezama, Reyna Arceo emphasized the implementation of proactive measures in the state that strengthen and promote transparency in public service, as outlined in the New Agreement for Well-being and Development. This commitment seeks to establish a collective vision for a more just model of state development, transform the government-society relationship, and ultimately create improved conditions of social welfare.
Rosaura Villanueva Arzápalo, the state’s anticorruption prosecutor, emphasized that the forum is a clear indication of the ongoing and future efforts to combat corruption more effectively, suggesting innovative approaches to the cause.
“In this context, it is crucial to highlight the actions taken by the state government, through Secoes, to reinforce internal controls across the entire state public administration. This begins with the training of public servants, ensuring they understand and implement the methodology within their respective departments,” stated the government official.
During the inaugural ceremony, esteemed guests included Vicente Aldape, treasurer of the municipality of Tulum, representing Mayor Diego Castañon; Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, federal deputy and president of the Commission on Transparency and Anti-Corruption of the Chamber of Deputies; and Minerva Hernández Ramos, senator for the state of Tlaxcala and president of the Mexico Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).
The launch of the Public Service Excellence Program was also announced, aiming to implement various controls and standards for citizen service, administrative simplification to enhance efficiency and transparency in processes and services, fostering a culture of integrity among public servants, and updating the regulatory framework and administrative manuals.
The forum saw the active participation of political leaders, international experts, prosecutors, members of the National Anti-Corruption System, the National Convention of Anti-Corruption Prosecutors, the Permanent Commission of Local Congresses, the Permanent Commission of Federal States Controllers, civil society organizations, and other professionals dedicated to the fight against corruption.