The president of the IDB defended himself against the accusations against him and attributed the complaint to an anonymous political and media campaign

Mauricio Claver Carone

The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver Caronecriticized this Tuesday the investigation against him for allegedly having had an intimate relationship with an employee, considering that the investigation did not meet international standards of integrity.

However, the head of the agency stressed in a statement that he supported and participated in this investigation “without precedents” which, according to him, “does not substantiate the false and anonymous accusations” that were made against him or IDB staff in the press.

The IDB was hiring an external company to investigate Claver-Carone, after a complaint that the American maintained an intimate relationship with an employee, violating the bank’s code of ethics. On his day, Claver-Carone attributed the complaint to a “anonymous political and media campaign” spurred on by bank staff.

In his statement, Claver-Carone complained that “it is the first time in the history of any multilateral development bank that this kind of process has been carried out” and called the investigation “arbitrarily without any formal complaint”.

Claver-Carone defended himself against the accusations (AFP)
Claver-Carone defended himself against the accusations (AFP) (MAGALI CERVANTES/)

He stated that the investigationhas repeatedly violated” the bank’s ethics rules.

“He has seriously raised practices questionableincluding the handlingthe distortion and the conscientious use of information that has been proven to not reliable to predetermine an outcome instead of presenting a fair and impartial review,” he said.

Despite this, Claver-Carone assured that he has cooperated “fully” without giving up their “Rights constitutional”.

The president of the IDB assured that the investigation was directed
The president of the IDB assured that the investigation was directed (Gabriel Aponte /)

Claver-Carone stressed in his note that neither he nor any other IDB staff member has had the opportunity to review the final report of the investigation, respond to its conclusions or correct inaccuracies, “in clear and direct contravention of the ethics rules” of the agency.

Claver-Carone, an American of Cuban origin, was chosen to head the IDB in September 2020 at the proposal of then-US President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

The full statement

As President-elect of the Inter-American Development Bank, I supported and participated in this unprecedented investigation, which, as expected, does not substantiate the false and anonymous accusations made against me or IDB staff in the press. I would like the opportunity to officially respond to the findings of the investigation in accordance with Bank rules and international standards, so that I can finally discuss the matter with the Board of Governors and demonstrate why the allegations are false, and so that together we can work on recommendations to strengthen the Bank’s transparency and processes.

It is the first time in the history of any multilateral development bank that a process like this has taken place, in which an elected leader has been subjected to an arbitrary investigation without any formal complaint within the administrative rules of the organization and launched on the base of anonymous and baseless accusations. It is something unprecedented. Despite the absence of due process, I have cooperated fully without giving up my constitutional rights. The handling of the investigation has repeatedly violated the Bank’s Ethics Rules, basic standards, and raised seriously questionable practices, including manipulation, distortion, and knowingly using information that has proven unreliable to predetermine an outcome rather than to present a fair and impartial review.

Transparency, accountability, and due process are key components of trust, which is paramount today for the IDB’s work as a development institution. I believe that complaints, even anonymous ones, should be taken seriously and treated with care, and I firmly believe that the IDB should be a rules-based institution, as the charter establishes, and not a political organization that is driven by interests ideological or partisan.

Therefore, it is important to note that the investigation process did not meet the international standards of integrity that both the IDB and the region strive to exemplify. In clear and direct violation of the IDB’s ethical standards, neither I nor any other IDB staff member has had the opportunity to review the final research report, respond to its findings, or correct inaccuracies. These rules, which apply to all IDB employees, including myself and staff against whom allegations are made, require IDB employees to have 15 business days to respond to allegations. The rules are designed to ensure due process and fair results. Anyone familiar with Latin America and the Caribbean is aware of the persistent concern of citizens about the lack of due process rights that all too often plague judicial systems and undermine the provision of justice in the region. And it is unfortunate that this institution that is trusted in the region cannot offer due process to its own employees.

The IDB should embody the kind of ethical conduct, transparency, and fairness that it promotes throughout the region, and one wonders why the bank has failed to uphold its own standards, and even common sense ethical precepts, over the years. of this research process. Unfortunately, this ad hoc and arbitrary process has violated IDB rules and regulations from the outset, including privacy guarantees and confidentiality rules, while failing to prevent conflicts of interest among those responsible for carrying out and evaluating the investigation.

Deliberate non-compliance with the rules and processes established by the IDB, as we have seen, poses a risk to the reputation of the IDB and a negligence in protecting staff from our 26 regional borrowing member countries, as well as from Europe and Asia. . To ensure the protection of the IDB, our staff, and our mission, it is essential that the Bank exemplifies the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and due process. It will be vital to implement internal reforms so that it can continue to increase trust and effectively promote transparency and integrity in public institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This episode gives us the opportunity to consider the necessary actions to safeguard and protect the integrity of the IDB, our work and our workforce against any form of institutional abuse, violations or political machinations. We must redouble our efforts to modernize the Bank and advance reforms designed to provide many more resources to improve life in our region.

As we move forward, I want to expressly thank the employees of the IDB, IDB Invest, and IDB Lab for the exemplary performance of their duties and the continued prioritization of the Bank’s and the region’s operations. It is an honor for me to work with these professionals.

(With information from EFE)

Keep reading:

The controversial internal investigation that could unleash a catastrophe within the IDB