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BELIZE COMMUNICATES ITS CONSENT TO RECEIVE ON-SITE VISIT OF THE OAS ANTICORRUPTION MECHANISM
Belize is the third Caribbean country to provide its consent to receive an on-site visit by the OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism (Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption - MESICIC), as part of that Mechanism’s review process for its Fifth Round of Review.
This consent was formally provided by the Permanent Mission of Belize to the OAS, in a communication sent to the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat of Legal Affairs of the OAS, in its capacity as the MESICIC Technical Secretariat, in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits.
This will be the second time Belize receives an on-site visit from the MESICIC.
The first visit took place successfully from April 23-25, 2014, during the Fourth Round of Review of this Mechanism. The results of that visit form part of the Belize country report adopted by the MESICIC Committee of Experts in September 2014 within the framework of the Fourth Round of Review, which will conclude this upcoming March, 2015.
It should be highlighted that all the Caribbean countries that form part of the MESICIC granted their respective consent and received on-site visits as part of its Fourth Round of Review.
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.
To date, in addition to Belize, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Uruguay, Chile, Guyana, United States, Mexico, Peru, and the United States have formally expressed their consent to receive on-site visits for the Fifth Round. The MESICIC Technical Secretariat expects to receive similar notifications from other States, which have reported that they are taking the necessary steps domestically to formalize their consent.
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° 212 - 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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