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On September 9, at OAS Headquarters, the Committee of Experts of the OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism (MESICIC) will begin its Twenty-Second Meeting, in which the oversight bodies that address corruption in Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Panama and Uruguay will be reviewed comprehensively. These countries received on-site visits in the month of April of this year by representatives of the Mechanism as part of their review process. 

On the agenda to this meeting, it is expected that the experts from the 31 State Parties to the Mechanism will continue exchanging information on legal developments, experiences and best practices with respect to responsibility of the private sector in preventing and combating corruption, with the aim of identifying basic principles that may be incorporated into national laws or legal framework. To this end, the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS has invited to participate in this exchange, representatives from international and private sector organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank Institute, so that they may share relevant developments undertaken by them in this area. This session will be transmitted live here, beginning at 2:30 PM (EST), on Thursday, September 12.  

Another important item on the agenda is the consideration of the Second Progress Report on the implementation of the OAS Convention against corruption, which, once adopted, will reflect the progress and developments achieved by the States in the fight against corruption, in crucial topics such as prevention of conflicts of interest, transparency in public procurement; criminalization of transnational bribery and illicit enrichment, as well as protection for those that report acts of corruption, among others.  

Importantly, prior to the opening of the meeting, the Committee will meet with representatives of the following civil society organizations: Transparency International, Transparent Chile (Transparente Chile), Transparency for Colombia (Transparencia por Colombia), Citizen Action of Guatemala (Acción Ciudadanía de Guatemala) and Foundation for the Development of Civic Freedom of Panama (Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana de Panamá). This session will be streamed live here from 9:00 AM (EST) on Monday, September 9. 

The reports adopted by the Committee during the meeting with respect to Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Panama and Uruguay, as well as the Second Progress Report, will be made available for download and consultation in the “Reports” section of the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.  

Edition N° 140 - Sept. 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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