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The city of Lima will host the “Conference on the Progress and Challenges in Hemispheric Cooperation against Corruption,” which is being organized by the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS with the generous support of the Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

This important event marks a crucial stage in the technical cooperation program that with the financial support of the Governments of the United States, Canada and Spain, has been developed by the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS to support the Member States to the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) in the implementation of the recommendations formulated by the Committee of Experts. This has been carried out through the adoption of national plans of action, which were created with the full participation of the public sector and civil society, for the implementation of said recommendations.

The Conference, which will take place June 3 – 4, will include discussion and dialogue panels between national and international experts on issues of transparency and the fight against corruption, as well as national authorities responsible for the formulation of public policy and other necessary measures aimed at implementing the MESICIC recommendations. In addition, the Conference will count on the participation of some of the national consultants that took part in the development of the national plans of action, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, both from academia and civil society.

Hemispheric cooperation against corruption, transparency and merit in the hiring of public servants, access to information and civil society participation, transparency in government procurement as well as criminal sanctions for corruption, international cooperation for their effectiveness and protection of whistleblowers are some of the topics to be tackled during both days of the Conference.

The event program as well as the information bulletin is available at the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas at:

Edition N° 31 - May 2010

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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