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From October 1 – 3, 2013, Ecuador received, with its consent, a visit by a Commission of the OAS Anticorruption Mechanism (Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption – MESICIC), as part of the review process of said Mechanism, carried out in accordance with the Methodology adopted by consensus by its Member States.

The Commission was composed of Ms. Adelina Gonzalez, Comptroller General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Basilio Jáuregui, Analyst of the Office of the aforementioned Comptroller General, as well as Mr. Jorge Vio Niemeyer, the Government Auditor General of Chile, who represent their countries before the Mechanism. They were supported by the General Secretariat of the OAS in the visit, through its Department of Legal Cooperation in its capacity as the Technical Secretariat to the MESICIC.

During the three days of work, the members of the Commission met with representatives of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Oversight (Consejo de Participación Ciudadana y Control Social), the Office of the Attorney General (Fiscalía General del Estado), the Judicial Council and other judicial bodies (Consejo de la Judicatura), the Office of the Comptroller General (Contraloría General del Estado), the Ministry for Labor Relations (Ministerio de Relaciones Laborales), representatives of the National General Assembly, the Sub-secretariat for Management Transparency (Subsecretaría de Transparencia de Gestión) and the Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo), in order to obtain objective and complete information and reveal potential difficulties in the implementation of the Inter-American Convention. It also provided an opportunity to facilitate the obtaining of information related to best practices, and provided Ecuador the opportunity to benefit from or to request technical assistance. 

The Commission also had the opportunity to meet with organizations from civil society and the private sector, professional associations, academics and researchers, in order to address issues with legal issues on access to information, civil society participation mechanisms in the public administration, and reforms in the judicial system.

The results of this visit forms part of the review process that is currently being carried out by the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC, and which will conclude with the adoption of the Ecuador country report by the Committee at its next plenary meeting to be held in March 2014, in Washington DC at OAS Headquarters.

The MESICIC is a cooperation mechanism between States, with the participation of civil society organizations, established within the framework of the OAS, in which the legal/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 MESICIC review process represents an innovative and pioneering initiative in the context of the OAS, especially for a peer review mechanism and the importance of the issues it addresses.

For more information on the MESICIC, please visit the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N° 148 - October 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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