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THE UNITED STATES EXPRESSES ITS CONSENT TO RECEIVE ON-SITE VISIT OF THE OAS ANTICORRUPTION MECHANISM
Through its Permanent Mission to the OAS, the United States formally expressed its consent to receive an on-site visit as part of the Fifth Round of Review of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC).
The Technical Secretariat received the official notification in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits adopted by the Committee of Experts to the Mechanism. This Methodology not only regulates the manner in which States are to grant their consent, but also contains other provisions for achieving its aims.
In this regard, the United States notes that “The United States is
strongly committed to the fight against corruption” and “The United
States Department of States believes that the MESICIC Review is a very
effective anticorruption tool, and values our participation in the
The United States joins Chile, Guyana, Mexico and Peru in having formally expressed their consent to on-site visits. The Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC expects to receive similar notifications from other States, which have reported that they are taking the necessary steps domestically to formalize their consent.
With respect to the Fifth Round, the MESICIC will review, among others, the progress made by the States Parties to address the recommendations formulated in their country reports of the Second Round with respect to systems of government hiring, procurement of goods and services, and protecting those who, in good faith, report acts of corruption. Implementation of other provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption will also be reviewed.
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 review process represents an innovative and pioneering initiative in the context of the OAS, especially for a peer review mechanism and the importance of the issues it addresses.
For more information on the MESICIC, please visit the
Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.
Edition N° 202 - February 2015
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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