Strengthening Paraguay's capabilities to investigate corruption
Internal Affairs Units from five Paraguayan public institutions improved their investigative skills at uncovering administration corruption as a result of assistance and training under the MCC’s Threshold Program, administered by USAID.
Public officials from Customs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, the Paraguayan Petroleum Company (PETROPAR) and the National Service for the Health and Quality of Plants and Seeds (SENAVE) learned how to detect tampering with public records or information, influence peddling and bribery, and other forms of corruption. These units play a key role in building effective corruption investigation cases as they are in charge of gathering and providing substantial information that will eventually be used by the Public Ministry to present charges against offenders. Program manager Michael Eschleman opened the seminar emphasizing the importance of these capabilities to ensure sustainability of the program.