OAS SECRETARY GENERAL:
“THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION DOES NOT REST SOLELY WITH PUBLIC
Source: OAS Press Department
December 9, 2014
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José
Miguel Insulza, today recognized International Anti-Corruption Day with
a call on the countries of the international community to reaffirm their
commitment to the fight against corruption, to “jointly tackle this
problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to
solve.” (Full Message of the OAS Secretary General available here).
The OAS leader recalled that the institution he leads contributed the
first international legal instrument on the issue, the Inter-American
Convention against Corruption and has continued in its policy of helping
member states to improve their legal frameworks to address the problem
and to strengthen the institutions charged with applying them, through
the Follow-up Mechanism to the Convention (MESICIC).
Among the works carried out by the Mechanism, he said, are the rounds of
“inter pares” analysis dealing with thirty countries of the region,
which have addressed the improvement of provisions essential to the
prevention of conflicts of interests, safeguarding public funds,
punishing corrupt practices and achieving transparency in government
procurement and the hiring of public servants.
Secretary General Insulza added that “conscious that the fight against
corruption does not rest solely with public authorities, the MESICIC has
involved civil society organizations, the private sector, professional
and academic bodies and researchers, giving them ample opportunity to
participate and express their opinions.”
On this issue, he said that in the visits carried out by the Mechanism,
more than 180 civil society representatives from the respective
countries have taken part. “With good reason, in an analysis done by the
‘U4 Center of Anti-Corruption Resources’ it was written that the MESICIC
is the mechanism that ‘contains the strongest formal requisites on the
participation of civil society,’” he said.
Finally the leader of the hemispheric institution said that all nations
and, in the case of the OAS, its member states, “have a very important
role to play given the transnational nature of corruption, such as by
providing the broadest reciprocal assistance for the prosecution of the
corrupt, their extradition to the country where they must should for
their corrupt acts, doing everything necessary to recover stolen public
assets, as provided for in our Convention and as our MESICIC has been
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Edition N° 198 - December 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.