Peru and Trinidad & Tobago Participate in Anti-Corruption Cooperation Project

Peru and Trinidad and Tobago recently joined the ranks of several countries participating in an OAS technical cooperation project to support states in the process of implementing anti-corruption policies. The purpose of the project is for each country to create a National Plan of Action which will provide a detailed roadmap for putting into action the recommendations made by the Committee of Experts of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC).

Each Plan of Action includes the following elements:

  • Specific actions necessary to implement the recommendations of the MESICIC Committee of Experts

  • Institution or entity responsible for implementation

  • Estimated costs and resources needed

  • Time frame for execution

  • Indicators that measure the expected results and means of verification

The Plan of Action project is an initiative supported by the Anti-Corruption Fund, which was created with a contribution from the United States. To date, eight countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the OAS General Secretariat regarding the project, including Belize, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.

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UN to Continue Discussion on Design of Review Mechanism for UN Convention against Corruption

The UN working group tasked with making recommendations about appropriate review mechanisms for the United Nations Convention against Corruption recently published the report from its meeting held August 29-31 in Vienna. During the meeting, it was recognized that both the self-assessment checklist and the voluntary pilot project would provide crucial information in determining the nature of the review mechanism. Three of the countries participating in the UN’s voluntary pilot project are also parties to the MESICIC: Argentina, Peru and United States.

During the meeting it was recognized that a UN mechanism should avoid duplication with existing regional mechanisms and that potential areas of synergy should be explored. It was noted, for instance, that information provided in regional mechanisms might be appropriate to complete the UN self-assessment checklist. However, a note of caution was sounded regarding the differences between the UN and regional conventions, given that the UN convention is significantly broader in scope and that existing regional mechanisms differ significantly in terms of method of operation and approach. 

The working group will submit its recommendations to the second meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which will be held January 28 to February 1, 2008 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

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Next MESICIC Deadline

October 30 is the deadline for the States Parties which will be reviewed during the next meeting of the MESICIC Committee of Experts – Colombia, Panama, Chile, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas – to respond to the comments from the subgroup and the OAS Technical Secretariat.

MESICIC is in the midst of its Second Round of Review, which began in April of last year and is scheduled to be completed in December 2008.   At the conclusion of the Second Round, country reports will have been adopted for all 28 States Parties to the MESICIC.  Please visit our website for a full schedule of the Second Round, as well as copies of the country reports adopted to date.


Upcoming Anti-Corruption Events

Lima

Lima, Peru will host an anti-corruption workshop October 29-31, under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), entitled, "The Fight against Corruption is a Common International Responsibility: Strengthening the Cooperation Mechanisms in the Asia Pacific Region". The purpose of the workshop is to identify the impediments to the implementation of current anti-corruption mechanisms, to discuss best practices and to identify areas for further cooperation

 

Washington, D.C.

The Twelfth Meeting of the MESICIC Committee of Experts will be held December 3-8. Reports will be adopted for Colombia, Panama, Chile, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. The preliminary review sub-groups will meet November 28 to 30. Please visit our website for a full schedule of the Second Round, as well as copies of the country reports adopted to date.

 

Santiago de Chile

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the government of Chile, in collaboration with the OAS, will host the “Global Forum on Integrity and Trust in Government” in January 2008 in Santiago, Chile.

 

Anti-Corruption Newsletter
Edition N 11 - October 2007

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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