Press Release


OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Begins Process of Analysis in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela

  January 2, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) has begun the process of analyzing a new group of countries - Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay, and Venezuela - as part of the Fourth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS, which aims to analyze the legal and institutional frameworks of each country, their adaptation to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the objective results achieved.

The analysis of this process began with the sending of the responses to the questionnaire by these countries on December 12, 2012, and will include “on site” visits in April 2013.

The next six “on site” visits will be added to the previous ten that were performed in 2012 in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago, in which interviews were carried out with more than one hundred government officials from more than 60 public institutions responsible for preventing, detecting, punishing and eradicating corruption.

In addition, the Technical Secretariat of the Mechanism, under the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS, has also concluded the preparation of the preliminary reports of the second group of states, composed of Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, which will be considered by the Committee of Experts of MESICIC at its next meeting in March 2013.

The Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) is a tool created to foster the development of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, through "peer" cooperation between Member States to the Mechanism. The incorporation of on-site visits as a stage and an integral part of the process of analysis is an innovative development in the field of the OAS that has further strengthened this mechanism of reciprocal analysis between states.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-001/13