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On 21 March, 2013, the OAS provided its Member States with a model and modern legal framework for the submission and verification of declarations of net worth and interests of public servants, developed in the framework of its anti-corruption mechanism (MESICIC). 

The Model Law on Declaration of Interests, Income, Assets and Liabilities of Persons Performing Public Functions, available here, together with the model law to protect whistleblowers and witnesses of acts of corruption, adds to the set of useful and practical legal cooperation tools offered by the OAS to build a culture of integrity and transparency in the region. 

This new model law is the product of a participatory process that was based on the legislation of the member countries of the MESICIC and the recommendations made by that mechanism on the matter, the legislative guide on the basic elements on statements of net worth and interests prepared by the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation, available here, as well as international standards provided by the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and in subsequent international treaties. 

The provisions of this instrument provide a comprehensive regime both for the prevention of conflicts of interest and for the detection and investigation of certain crimes involving public corruption, particularly the illicit enrichment of public officials.

Edition N 126 - March 2013

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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