Reports Adopted on the Implementation of the
Anti-Corruption Convention in Canada, the United States, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines, and Guatemala
of Experts of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the
Inter-American Convention against Corruption
(MESICIC) adopted, at the meeting that concluded on June 27, 2008, the
reports on the implementation of that Convention in Canada, the United States,
Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Guatemala.
The reports, which are part of the Second Round
of review on the fulfillment of the Convention, examine in detail the legal-institutional
framework and the objective results achieved in each country. They also provide
recommendations on those areas where additional progress is required. The issues
evaluated in this round include transparency in government hiring of public
servants and procurement practices; protection for those who report acts of
corruption; and the criminalization of the offenses established by the
Convention in this area.
In this Second Round, the reports also evaluate the progress achieved by the
States in the implementation of recommendations made in the First Round reports.
The latter examined the measures taken and the results achieved by the States in
the areas of prevention of conflicts of interest; statements of assets by public
servants; oversight bodies; access to public information and other mechanisms
for civil society participation in the prevention of corruption; and assistance
in obtaining evidence in the investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption.
The MESICIC is a mechanism established within
the framework of the Organization of American States
(OAS), in which the
states evaluate each other - based on conditions of equal
treatment - regarding the measures taken and the results achieved in applying the
Inter-American Convention against Corruption. In addition, it makes specific
recommendations to improve on areas where there are legal gaps or problems that
require additional progress. Civil society organizations participate in this
evaluation process, contributing information on each country with respect to the
issues evaluated, through the submission of documents as well as through
presentations at the meetings of the Committee of Experts where country reports
are considered and adopted. Both the information provided by the states and the
documents submitted by civil society organizations, as well as the adopted
reports, are available to the public on the OAS website at
In the Second
Round of review, similar reports have been adopted on Argentina, Paraguay,
Nicaragua, Uruguay, Ecuador, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela,
Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Panama, Chile, El Salvador, Dominican
Republic, and Bahamas. The Second Round will conclude in December 2008.
The recently adopted reports on Canada, the
United States, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Guatemala
are available at
Edition N° 17 - July 2008
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.