What are the three words that Mexicans think of when they hear the word “Mexico”? Country, culture, and corruption. Nearly 78 percent consider corruption as the factor that’s most damaging to the economy, per a 2014 nationwide survey of 32,000 people. On top of that, seven in 10 surveyed consider the public sector to be more corrupt than the private, and that it’ll be difficult for Mexico to do away with corruption.
It may be hard, but one piece of legislation, known as Ley 3de3, or the “3for3 Law,” could help Mexico move closer to that goal. Currently up for debate in Mexico’s Congress, the citizen-backed measure seeks to hold officials accountable. AS/COA’s Carin Zissis spoke about the initiative withMax Kaiser, anticorruption director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) and one of the bill’s authors, about what’s involved and why the law’s timing is so important.