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With the submission of a questionnaire response by Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela on December 12, 2012, the review process has begun for the third group of States in the framework of the Fourth Round of the OAS Anticorruption Mechanism (MESICIC). This process will include the organization and conduction of on-site visits to those countries, which will take place in April 2013.

These next six on-site visits will join the previous ten carried out during 2012 in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago. These visits provided the opportunity to interview more than a hundred public officials, some of them at the highest level, in more than 60 government institutions responsible for the prevention, detection, punishment and eradication of corruption in these countries.

Furthermore, the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC, under the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs, has prepared the draft preliminary reports for the second group of countries, consisting of Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, which will be considered by the MESICIC Committee of Experts at its next meeting in March 2013.

The foregoing demonstrates once again that the review process for the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, including its novel mechanism of on-site visits, continues to progress successfully in the framework of the MESICIC.

The MESICIC is a cooperation mechanism between States, with broad participation of civil society organizations, established within the OAS, 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. The incorporation of on-site visits as a stage and integral part of the review process represents an innovative development in the context of the OAS that has further strengthened this reciprocal review mechanism among States, with the support of the Technical Secretariat.  

For more information, please visit the Anticorruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N 110 - December 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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