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El Salvador becomes the first country from Central America to provide its consent to receive an on-site visit from a team of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). This represents a second time that El Salvador has granted such a consent, having done so for the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism.

In this respect, in 2012, El Salvador, as well as Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico and Paraguay, were the first group of States Parties to voluntarily offer to be the first countries in the history of the Mechanism to receive on-site visits. This visit took place in San Salvador in March of that year, the successful outcome of which are found in the report for El Salvador adopted by the MESICIC Committee of Experts for the Fourth Round, which concludes in March 2015.

It is for this reason that El Salvador, through its diplomatic representation to the OAS, formalized once again its consent to the Technical Secretariat of MESICIC to receive an on-site visit as part of the review process for the Fifth Round of the Mechanism.

In this Fifth Round, which is to begin shortly, the MESICIC will review, among others, the progress made by the States Parties 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.

Chile, Mexico, Peru, Guyana, the United States, and Uruguay have also formally expressed their consent to these visits.

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 204 - February 2015

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.

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