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From October 8-10, 2013, the Dominican Republic received, with its consent, a visit by the 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 that Mechanism, carried out in accordance with the Methodology adopted by consensus by its Member States.
The Commission was composed of Mr. Jose Pedro Montero Trabel, President of the Transparency and Public Ethics Board of Uruguay, and by Mr. Rigoberto Cordova Laitano, Legal Counsel to the Superior Court of the Accounts of the Republic of Honduras, who represent their respective countries before the Mechanism, and who were also supported by the General Secretariat of the OAS during the visit.
During the visit, the Commission gathered information on the implementation in the Dominican Republic of the provision of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption regarding oversight bodies, specifically the Chamber of Accounts of the Dominican Republic (Cámara de Cuentas de la República Dominicana (CCRD)), the General Directorate of Government Ethics and Integrity (Dirección General de Ética e Integridad Gubernamental (DIGEIG)), the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic (Contraloría General de la República (CGR)), the Supreme Court of Justice / Judiciary branch, and the Office of the Specialized Attorney on Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Procuraduría Especializada de Persecución de la Corrupción PEPCA)). It also obtained information on the implementation of the recommendations that were formulated by the MESICIC to the Dominican Republic in the first round, pertaining, among others, to the prevention of conflict of interest, preservation of public resources, financial disclosure system, and civil society participation.
During the three days of work, the members of the Commission met, among others, with the highest authorities of the oversight bodies mentioned above, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations and professional associations, in order to gather full and objective information about these bodies and learn of any difficulties in implementing the recommendations referred to above.
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 Dominican Republic country report by the Committee at its next plenary meeting to be held in March 2014, at OAS Headquarters in Washington DC.
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° 150 - October 2013
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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