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The Technical Secretariat of the Mechanism for Follow-up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) attended the Third Transparency Forum of Central America and the Dominican Republic, which was held on October 10 and 11 in the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

This objective of this event, which was attended by almost 400 representatives from the governments of Central America and the Dominican Republic as well as members of the private sector and civil society, was to analyze the relationships between transparency and citizen security, public finances, and social development, and with identifying areas of agreement, possible solutions, and joint actions to promote transparency in those areas.

At the event, the representative of the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS General Secretariat highlighted the actions taken by the MESICIC, in particular, the progress made in its Fourth Round of Review, during which successful on-site visits have been carried out in Central American countries, including El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Those visits have enabled an on-the-ground appreciation of the steps those countries are taking to implement the Convention and they have also served to encourage increased exchanges of best practices among those nations in pursuit of the common goal of combating corruption.

One of the conclusions in the Final Declaration of the Third Forum was the need for effective implementation of anti-corruption international agreements, such as that of the OAS, particularly with respect to strengthening oversight bodies, in order to develop modern mechanisms and maintain appropriate systems for the collection and oversight of state revenues and expenditures.

The Third Forum was jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Honduras and Transparency International.

The Fourth Forum will take place in the second half of 2013 in the Dominican Republic.

Edition N 105 - 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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