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The Dominican Republic, through its Permanent Mission to the OAS, formally notified its consent to receive an on-site visit of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), as part of the of the review process for the Fifth Round of Review.

This is the second time that the Dominican Republic has granted its consent to receive an on-site visit from a team from the MESICIC.

The first visit took place in October 8-10, 2013, during the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism. The results of that visit form part of the Costa Rica country report adopted by the MESICIC Committee of Experts in March 2014 within the framework of the Fourth Round of Review, which will conclude in March, 2015.

In this Fifth Round, which is to begin shortly, the MESICIC will review, among others, the progress made by the States with respect to transparency in systems of government hiring, procurement of goods and services, and protection for 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 the Dominican Republic, the following countries have formally expressed their consent to receive on-site visits for the Fifth Round: Suriname, Costa Rica, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Uruguay, Chile, Guyana, United States, Mexico and Peru. 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° 222 - 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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