CABEI awards innovative ideas from civil society to strengthen the implementation of its Information Access Policy


Through the IdeatonPAI contest, CABEI recognized citizen proposals to strengthen transparency and accountability.

Tegucigalpa, December 13th, 2022.- The Central American Bank for Economic Integration renewed its commitment to openness and innovation by awarding the winners of the IdeatonPAI, an initiative aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Information Access Policy (PAI). The contest invited citizens to submit ideas and solutions to strengthen the Bank's transparency and accountability. Over the course of two months, and based on an open and inclusive process, more than 30 proposals were received. An independent jury selected five finalists who presented their ideas in a virtual event.  

First place went to Paula Fernández López of Argentina and her proposal "Central American Bank open data portal." Second place went to Claudio Méndez from El Salvador who presented the idea "Requests, follow-up and all the time." Finally, third place went to Esteban Santamaría from Mexico who presented the initiative "Artificial intelligence and attractive design: the formula to promote information access."

CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi, stated, "I am very proud of the creative potential we have in the region to generate new ideas and foster transparency in our Bank. These types of initiatives allow us to forge and maintain a dialogue with our external stakeholders and increase public awareness of CABEI's mission and role in development.

Felipe Solá, Director for Argentina and Colombia and Committee President of the Access to Information Committee, said: "We thank each and every one of the people who participated in the IdeatonPAI because together we are building a culture of accountability. The proposals received will be taken into consideration for future projects and initiatives to strengthen our Information Access Policy."

The Jury in charge of evaluating the proposals was made up of specialists in the areas of information access, open government, and transparency: Anabel Cruz, Civil Society Directive Committee of the Open Government Partnership; Lucía Abelenda, head of the Democratic Innovation Program of Fundación Avina; Juan Carlo Sainz Borgo, Dean of Universidad para la Paz; and Jaime Roberto Díaz, CABEI Executive Vice President.