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With the consent of Canada, from October 16 18, 2013, an on-site visit was carried out in Ottawa by a team of the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), composed of Ms. Judith Jones-Morgan, Attorney General for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Ms. Karem Valverede, Attorney in the Ministry for Institutional Transparency and the Fight against Corruption of Bolivia. The team was also supported by the General Secretariat of the OAS, through its Department of Legal Cooperation. 

Prior to its commencement, the team was welcomed by the Associate Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Pierre Legault, and the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Peter Boehm. In their opening remarks, both emphasized the importance of on-site visits in the successful work of the Mechanism and the important role undertaken by Canada in the negotiations for the establishment of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the MESICIC. 

Subsequently, during the three days of work, meetings were held with representatives of the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, in order to obtain objective and complete information and reveal potential difficulties in the implementation of the Inter-American Convention. The team also obtained information on the implementation of the recommendations that were formulated by the MESICIC to Canada in the First Round, pertaining, among other issues, to the prevention of conflicts of interest and post-employment restrictions; the reporting of acts of corruption; and the systems for registering income, assets and liabilities, of public servants.  

The team also had the opportunity to meet with Transparency International Canada in order to address issues such as the cooperation between civil society and oversight bodies in Canada as well as its views on the role of said oversight bodies in the fight against corruption.  

The results of this visit forms part of the review process for the Fourth Round that is currently being carried out by the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC, which will conclude with the adoption of the Canada 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 151 - 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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