High Level Reporting Mechanism Panama


The Government of Panama originally envisaged the HLRM to apply to tenders in the infrastructure, but in 2015, decided to change the focus and apply the HLRM to oversee public procurement by the national Social Security Fund.

Known as the Secretaría de Alto Nivel para la Prevención de Actos de Corrupción (SEPRECO), it is similar to the Colombian HRLM model. It is designed to be staffed by representatives of Panama’s Anti-Corruption Agency.

Although the Vice President of Panama publicly launched SEPRECO in March 2016, it is still inactive. The internal regulation needed to establish it is stuck awaiting endorsement by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

Discussing the possible implementation of a HLRM with the Vice President of Panama

In the picture (12 February 2015):
Vice President and Chancellor of the Republic, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado (second right)
Chairman of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance, Prof Mark Pieth (left)
Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action 
of the Basel Institute on Governance, Gemma Aiolfi (second left)

During the meeting the Vice President and Chancellor emphasised that "It is definitely a challenge, but there is a strong will and commitment on the part of President Juan Carlos Varela and his ministers for the effective procedures to fight corruption and ensure transparency in our government."

Presentation: Implementation of the High Level Reporting Mechanism in Panama

HLRM Panama timeline

July 2014

  • Discussions on the HLRM between Basel Institute and Panama.

Oct. 6, 2014

  • Expression of interest by Panama’s Ministry of Public Works to develop an HLRM for tenders in the infrastructure sector.

Feb.11-13, 2015

  • Scoping mission by the Basel Institute. The Panamanian government later decided to apply the HLRM to tenders in the Social Security organisation and health sector.

Mar.30-Apr1, 2016

  • Launch of HLRM followed by workshops with private sector, civil society and public officials.

Dec. 2016

  • Internal report assessing corruption issues on public procurement in the health sector in Panama, scope and impact of the HLRM in retrospective.