Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Saturday affirmed a big step against corruption has been made during the 8th Summit of the Americas, which came to an end yesterday.
"There is still a long way to go, but we believe we have taken a big step during this week," the high-ranking official expressed.
"It's time to strengthen democratic institutionalism, as well as prevention and sanction bodies to face corruption," he added.
At the conclusion of the event, Vizcarra recalled that corruption is a scourge rooted in political and social structures of the hemisphere.
"Let's put citizens' needs ahead of the diversity of opinions; the population demands strong democracies and respect for their rights," the Peruvian leader stressed.
Likewise, he noted the strengthening of democracy, as well as respect for human rights, are key principles in the region. In this regard, he said there is a firm commitment on these topics.
This document contains the main commitments —undertaken by the hemisphere's countries— such as the fight against corruption and impunity.
It must be noted the topic had been chosen due to the high impact that corruption has and has had in many Latin American countries over the years.
The two-day Inter-American meeting took place in Peru's capital city and was attended by Heads of State and other high-ranking officials from 33 nations.
Translated by: Heriane Martinez