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OAS ANTI-CORRUPTION MECHANISM ADOPTS JAMAICA REPORT
At its Twenty-Fourth Meeting, held September 8 Ė 12,
the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the
Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption
(MESICIC) adopted the
of the report focused on examination of those oversight bodies in
The examination was carried out taking into account
Some of the
recommendations formulated to
Regarding the oversight bodies generally, provide the proper resources needed for the proper performance of their functions. Moreover, in order to strengthen the work of the Office of the Contractor General, the Integrity Commission and the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, address the lack of prosecutions being carried out by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for corruption and corruption related offences.
With regard to the Office of the Contractor General, consider carrying out institutional and legislative reforms necessary to separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General; provide this oversight body with the power and authority to halt or regularize a contract or licence award that exhibits signs of corruption, irregularity or impropriety; and update the sanctions in place for breaches of the Contractor General Act..
Regarding the Integrity Commission, consider establishing a website for this oversight body; establish and implement an awareness building program to inform individuals on the manner they may submit complaints respecting alleged acts of corruption carried out by Parliamentarians; and consider providing the oversight body with the ability to impose administrative sanctions for the late or non-filing of a declaration by a Parliamentarian.
Pertaining to the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, consider adopting a timetable for the implementation of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption as the designated authority under the Protected Disclosures Act, 2011; implement an electronic system for the submission of declarations by public servants; and implement a register of declared interests in order to help identify potential conflicts of interest between a public servantís private interests and his or her public duty.
With respect to the Auditor Generalís Department, consider concluding the approval process by the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Cabinet regarding the proposed new organizational structure for this oversight body; consider amending the Financial Administration and Audit Act so as to eliminate the three year statute of limitation for the recovery of a surcharge; and allow the Auditor General to report to the Office of the Contractor General any procurement breaches it discovers when carrying out an audit.
With regard to
the follow-up on the recommendations formulated to
Some of the recommendations still pending from the First Round or have been reformulated address issues such as: encouraging the implementation of a code of ethics for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, including mechanisms for violations; develop provisions that limit participation by former public servants in situations that could involve taking undue advantage of oneís status as a former public servant for an appropriate period of time; establish reporting obligations for those public officials and employees who are currently not required to report to appropriate authorities, acts of corruption in the performance of public functions of which they are aware; and make public on the Access to Information Unit website, its annual and quarterly reports.
During this Twenty-Fourth Meeting, similar reports
were adopted for
For more information, please visit the Anti-corruption Portal of the Americas.
Edition Nį 188 - September 2014
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
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Convention against Corruption through
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