Casals & Associates, a DynCorp International company, works as an implementing partner in USAID’s Transparency and Governance Project in El Salvador. On March 12, 2013, the Casals El Salvador team supported the launch of the Salvadoran Industrial Association (ASI)’s Ethical Standards guide, a milestone event in the promotion of integrity standards.
Casals team members, USAID personnel and State Department officials attended the event, highlighted by ASI’s 23 industrial sectors officially endorsing the ethical standards, committing their sectors’ compliance with the guide.
Hiram Morales, Casals’ anti-corruption specialist, delivered the event’s keynote address and discussed the importance of establishing ethical standards to the audience, comprised of diplomatic corps representatives, private sector leaders and members, politicians, and civil society leaders.
El Salvador’s Transparency and Governance Project
Through USAID’s Transparency and Governance Project, Casals provides technical assistance and training to the Salvadoran government, civil society and private sector. Casals team members assist by implementing anticorruption measures, complying with international conventions against corruption and promoting ethical values among public and private sector employees.
USAID believes that having a transparent and accountable government is one of the core pillars of a truly democratic society.
Current initiatives in El Salvador include:
- Promoting Good Governance Practices – Implementing transparency, ethics and anticorruption measures to better respond to citizens’ rights and needs. The effort includes supporting the government’s ethics tribunal in implementing ethics law in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, as well as creation of access to information law and establishing the Access to Information Institute.
- Engaging Civil Society – The National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), a local civil society organization, established a Salvadoran chapter of Transparency International, a leading international civil society organization in the worldwide fight against corruption. Additionally, youth organizations and university students are promoting the creation of a new generation of political leaders who will carry practices of accountability and transparency into the future.
- Supporting Compliance with International Conventions – The government of El Salvador has shown its commitment to reduce corruption by signing international agreements such as the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption and the United Nations Anticorruption Convention.
Salvadoran Industrial Association
The Salvadoran Industrial Association (ASI)’s mission is “to promote economic and social development of the country by strengthening the industrial sector, promoting and protecting national industrial production and defending the legitimate interests of industrialists.”