Plan of Action for Panama Reviewed

On March 16th and 17th a workshop organized by the National Council for Transparency Against Corruption and the Department for Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat of Legal of the Organization of American States was held in Panama City, Panama. During this workshop a Plan of Action which seeks to strengthen Panama’s judicial and institutional instruments in order to combat corruption more effectively was reviewed.  This Plan of Action is based on recommendations given to Panama by the MESICIC Group of Experts.

The workshop was attended by representatives from Panama’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches, as well as civil society, the private sector, and international lending and cooperation agencies.  Opening remarks were made by Harold Mitchell, President of the Supreme Court, and by the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Transparency against Corruption, Alma Montenegro de Fletcher.

The activities of the workshop were developed following a cooperation agreement signed between the General Secretariat of the OAS and Panama with the aim of helping Latin American countries implement the recommendations stemming from the MESICIC review process. These recommendations are aimed at helping countries strengthen their anti-corruption efforts in the following areas:

  • Prevention of conflicts of interest

  • Proper use of government resources

  • Government hiring and procurement services

  • Declaration of assets and liabilities

  • Whistleblower protection and the criminalization of acts of corruption

  • Reporting acts of corruption, oversight bodies, and the participation of civil society

  • Mutual legal and technical cooperation

As a result of this workshop, Panama can take into consideration the input from the various participants and reflect their recommendations and ideas in the Plan of Action.  The Plan of Action will identify the specific actions necessary to implement the recommendations from the MESICIC as well as the government institutions that will adopt and implement these recommendations.  Additionally, the Plan of Action will also include a timeline for the adoption of the recommendations, a proposed budget, and indicators to measure the expected results of implementing these recommendations.

To access the draft Plan of Action, please click here.


Anti-Corruption Newsletter
Edition N 21 - April 2009

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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