Mexico – Shell companies during the health emergency

Civil organizations in Mexico call to avoid corruption in contracts amid the coronavirus pandemic next on Latin America Screening News

Impunidad Cero, Justicia Justa, Tojil and Mexican Transparency have issued recommendations to avoid contracting with shell companies during the health emergency and call for establishing effective mechanisms to stop the diversion of resources.

They demand that the governments state, municipal and federal control mechanisms that reduce the risk of contracting ghost companies. The organizations have issued some recommendations to avoid the diversion of public resources from the health sector, as it has happened between 2014 and 2019 when the allocation of contracts was documented. For more than 160 million dollars through the use of false invoices.

Among the recommendations they ask to implement additional measures to verify that the companies that participate in the purchasing process will be able to comply with the requirements of the purchasing unit. In addition, they request a “reinforced inspection” through the participation of the Internal Control Bodies throughout the entire purchase process.