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On Monday, March 16, 2015, at OAS Headquarters, the Committee of Experts of the OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism (MESICIC) will begin its Twenty-Fifth Meeting, in which the principal oversight bodies that address corruption in Venezuela, the Bahamas, the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis will be comprehensively reviewed. These countries received on-site visits in October 2014 by representatives of the Mechanism as part of the review process. 

As part of the agenda for this meeting, it is expected that the experts will continue exchanging information on legal developments, experiences and best practices with respect to responsibility of the private sector in preventing and combating corruption, with the aim of identifying basic principles that may be incorporated into national laws or legal framework. Within this framework of topics of collective interest, the Committee will have the opportunity to hear from the Secretary of the Public Service of Mexico, Virgilio Andrade Martinez, who will refer to the progress made by the Mexican Government on anticorruption matters, as well as presentations by Brazil and other States regarding international cooperation on non-criminal matters in the fight against corruption, as a topic of collective interest.  

Another important item on the agenda is the consideration and adoption of the Hemispheric Report of the Fourth Round, which summarizes the results of the Round and allows for the clear identification of the most commonly formulated recommendations, as well as the progress achieved by the countries as a whole in the implementation of the recommendations from the First Round.  

Similarly, during the meeting, decisions will be adopted regarding the Fifth Round, during which preventive measures regarding the relationship between equitable compensation and probity in public service will be reviewed.  These decisions will be related to the methodology for the review; the questionnaire to gather information from the countries; the structure of the country reports; the sequence for the country reviews; the composition of the review subgroups; and the schedule for the round.  It is important to note that the review process of the Fifth Round will include on-site visits for the countries that grant their consent.

The reports adopted by the Committee during the meeting with respect to Venezuela, the Bahamas, the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the Fifth Round Hemispheric Report, will be made available for download and consultation in the Reports section of the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.  .

For more information on the MESICIC, please visit the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N 217 - March 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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