Press Release


OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism to Conduct On-Site Visit to Guatemala

  March 5, 2013

A Commission from the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS), will conduct an on-site visit to Guatemala from April 16 – 18, 2013, as part of the review process that the Mechanism is carrying out in various countries of the region, in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-Site Visits adopted by its States Parties.

The MESICIC visits are held with the host countries’ consent. The MESICIC is a cooperative, “inter pares” mechanism that incorporates the participation of civil society organizations, in which the legal and institutional framework of each country is reviewed for suitability with the Inter-American Convention against Corruption as well as the objective results achieved therein. Further information on the MESICIC and the Fourth Round of Review is available here.

The Commission that will visit Guatemala will be made up of the representatives from Saint Kitts and Nevis and Suriname to the MESICIC, as well as from the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, which acts as the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC. Said commission will meet with representatives from the newly created Presidential Commission for Transparency and Electronic Government (COPRET), the Public Ministry, the Comptroller General of Accounts, and the Judicial Branch, among other government entities with the purpose of obtaining information, revealing potential difficulties in the implementation of the Inter-American Convention, and providing the States the opportunity to benefit from or to request technical assistance in the fight against corruption.

It is also expected that the commission will meet with Guatemalan civil society organizations, as well as with representatives from the private sector, professional associations and academics, in order to address the topics that are currently being reviewed in the Fourth Round of the MESICIC, as well as the implementation of the recommendations on issues such as: conflicts of interest, sworn statements of net worth and access to public information.

The information received during the on-site visit will complement the response provided by Guatemala and will serve for the preparation, consideration and adoption of the country report by the MESICIC Committee of Experts in its plenary meeting to be held in September of this year.

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

Reference: E-073/13