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THE BAHAMAS RECEIVES ON-SITE VISIT OF THE OAS ANTICORRUPTION MECHANISM (MESICIC)
National authorities of The Bahamas with the representatives from Costa Rica and the OAS General Secretariat.
With the consent of The Bahamas, from September 23 –
25, 2014, an on-site visit was carried out in Nassau by a team of the
OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American
Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). The team was composed of the
Ms. Tatiana Gutiérrez Delgado, Lead Expert of Costa Rica to the
Committee of Experts of the MESICIC and Public Ethics Prosecutor in the
Attorney General’s Office, and Mr. Rodrigo Silva, Legal Officer in the
Department of Legal Cooperation of the General Secretariat of the OAS.
Subsequently, during the three days of work, meetings
were held with representatives of the Office of the Attorney General,
the Public Disclosure Commission, the Office of the Auditor General, the
Financial Intelligence Unit, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the
Compliance Commission, and the Public Accounts Committee, 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 The Bahamas in
the First Round, pertaining, among other issues, to the prevention of
conflicts of interest and post-employment restrictions; systems for
registering income, assets and liabilities of public servants; and the
regime for access to information.
Mr. Garvin Gaskin, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions; Mrs. Cleopatra Christie, Consultant/Case Management; Mr. Franklyn Williams, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions; Mrs. Cheryl Grant Bethell, Deputy Law Reform Commissioner; Mr. Rodrigo Silva OAS; the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs; Mrs. Cynthia Gibbs, Acting Permanent Secretary; Mrs. Deborah Fraser, Director of Legal Affairs; and Mr. Delmon Rolle, Senior Assistant Secretary.
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 Bahamas country report by the Committee at its next
plenary meeting to be held in March 2015, in Washington DC at OAS
For more information, please visit the Anti-corruption Portal of the Americas.
Edition N° 193 - 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
support the development of the Inter-American
Convention against Corruption through
cooperation between States Parties.
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