Profiles: Guatemala

Last Updated: May 2010


The Commission for Transparency is headed by a vice president in conjunction with the Minister of Labor, the Minister of Special Affairs and the Project Coordinator of TI's Guatemalan chapter, Accion Ciudadana. The Commission‘s main goal is to enhance transparency and fight corruption within the executive branch and to reform the executive's Code of Ethics. In addition, it aims to coordinate anti-corruption policies with the Comptroller General's Office to prevent embezzlement of public funds and to create an instrument to which corruption can be reported.

Does your government have a single or primary anticorruption strategy?

Yes, there is a national anti-corruption strategy and it is called Strategic Plan of the Transparency and Fighting Corruption Commission 2010 – 2012.

What are the main anticorruption laws of your country?

Politic Constitution of the Guatemalan Republic, Access to the Public Information Law, Law against Money Laundry and other Assets, Penal Code, Law against Financial Terrorism, Law against Transnational Bribe and Probity Law.

Is there one agency in charge of coordinating AC efforts across agencies?

The Transparency and Fighting Corruption Commission, Transparency and Evaluation Vice ministry of Public Finance Ministry and, Access to Information Units in the Public Sector institutions.

Functions Prevention
Permanent Staff 7
Number of prosecutors(if applicable)
Number of investigators (if Applicable) N/A

Number of cases handled annually


Budget Autonomy No
Annual Budget of the Agency
Are employees protected by law from recrimination or other negative consequences when reporting corruption (i.e. whistle-blowing)? No
Does your country have freedom of information legislation? Yes
Does your country have conflict of interest legislation? No
Does your country have a financial disclosure system to help prevent conflicts of interest? No
Who appoints the head of your agency? The President
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? The President
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? Yes , the President and Vice-president of Guatemala have a period of 4 years to new elections
Does your agency measure performance? Yes
Other, please specify
Activities in Transparency´s Annual Report
Full access to Government Yes