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With the submission of their response to a questionnaire this past December, the evaluation process has begun under the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the OAS Anti-corruption Mechanism (MESICIC) for the countries of Belize, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname,. This will include on-site visits that will take place in these countries in the month of April of this year.

Upon completion of these visits, the MESICIC will have carried out on-site reviews in 25 countries. A further 5 visits will take place for the following countries sometime between September 22 and October 17, 2014: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the United States and Venezuela.  

In addition, the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS, as Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC, has prepared the draft preliminary reports for Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana and Nicaragua, which are to be considered this March by anti-corruption experts of the 31 countries that participate in this Mechanism.

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 represents an innovative and pioneering initiative of the OAS, which, with the support of the Technical Secretariat, has further strengthened this review process.

For more information, please consult the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N 158 - January 2014

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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