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From October 2 – 4, 2012, Trinidad and Tobago received, with its consent, a visit by a team 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 team was composed of Mr. Kenroy Simmons, Attorney in the Office of the Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda, Ms. Vania Vieira, Director of Corruption Prevention in the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil, and by Mr. Marcello Miller, Prosecutor in the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Brazil, 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 Integrity Commission, the Office of the Auditor General, the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman, 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 for Trinidad and Tobago to benefit from or to request technical assistance.
The team also had the opportunity to meet with organizations from civil society in order to address issues related to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of acts of corruption in Trinidad and Tobago as well as civil society’s views on the role of oversight bodies in Trinidad and Tobago.
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 Trinidad and Tobago 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
103 - October 2012
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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