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PERU RECEIVES ON-SITE VISIT OF THE OAS ANTICORRUPTION MECHANISM (MESICIC)

From September 25 – 27, 2012, Peru received, with its consent, a visit by the Commission of the OAS Anticorruption Mechanism (Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption – MESICIC), as part of the review process of said Mechanism, carried out in accordance with the Methodology adopted by consensus by its Member States.

The Commission was composed of the Head of the Unit for National and International Cooperation on Prevention, Investigation and Asset Seizure of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Colombia, Mr. Carlos Rodríguez Bocanegra, and the advisor to the Secretariat of Transparency of the Presidency of Colombia, Ms. Mónica Patricia Rueda Rodríguez, as well as the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mr. Franklyn Williams, who represent their countries before the Mechanism, and who were also supported by the General Secretariat of the OAS in the visit.

During the three days of work, the members of the Commission met with representatives of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic, the Judiciary, the Public Prosecution Service, the Office of the Anticorruption Attorney, the Secretariat for Public Management and the General Coordination of the High Level Anticorruption Commission of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, among others, in order to obtain objective and complete information and reveal potential difficulties in the implementation of the Inter-American Convention. It also provided an opportunity to facilitate the obtaining of information related to best practices, and provided Peru the opportunity to benefit from or to request technical assistance.   

The Commission also had the opportunity to meet with civil society organizations, private sector organizations, professional associations, academics and researchers, in order to address issues related to the challenges facing the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of acts of corruption in Peru; civil society’s views on the role of oversight bodies in Peru; cooperation between the private sector and public institutions in the fight against corruption; mechanisms for citizen participation; as well as access to public information.   

The results of this visit forms part of the review process that is currently being carried out by the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC, and which will conclude with the adoption of the Peru country report by the Committee at its next plenary meeting to be held in March 2013, in Washington DC at OAS Headquarters. 

The MESICIC is a cooperation mechanism between States, with the participation of civil society organizations, established within the framework of the OAS, in which the legal/institutional framework of each country is reviewed for suitability with the Inter-American Convention against Corruption as well as the objective results achieved therein. The incorporation of on-site visits as a stage and integral part of the MESICIC review process represents an innovative and pioneering initiative in the context of the OAS, especially for a peer review mechanism and the importance of the issues it addresses.  

For more information on the MESICIC, please visit the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas at www.oas.org/juridico/english/fightcur.html


Edition N° 101 - October 2012

What is the MESICIC?

The Mechanism For Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, known as MESICIC for its Spanish acronym, is a tool to support the development of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption through cooperation between States Parties.

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