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Today, Friday October 29th, the OAS’ Department of Legal Cooperation, of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, in conjunction with Bolivia’s Ministry of Institutional Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption , will hold a Workshop to review a Draft Action Plan for the implementation of the recommendations that the Committee of Experts of the Mechanism for the Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), made to Bolivia during their First, Second, and Third Rounds of Review.

The Workshop, which will gather representatives from Bolivian ministries, national universities, business groups, development organizations, and various other branches of civil society, will be held in the Radisson Hotel in La Paz. The Bolivian Minister of Foreign Relations, David Choquehuanca, the Bolivian Minister of Institutional Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption, Dr. Nardi Suxo Iturry, and the OAS Representative from the General Secretariat in Bolivia, Eduardo Enrique Reina, will deliver the opening remarks for the ceremony.

Dr. Suxo highlights two areas in which the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (CIC) has aided Bolivia in its efforts to attain increased transparency and good governance. “First,” she says, “the institutional location for the fight against corruption (in Bolivia) is found at the highest level possible for an Executing Agency—in this case, the creation of the Ministry of Institutional Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption.” She maintains that a second area in which the CIC has dramatically benefited Bolivia is Law No. 004, or the Law against Corruption, Illicit Enrichment, and the Investigation of Assets.

The Minister believes that this workshop is especially significant because it allows for “a diverse, important, and expert audience to compare the recommendations of the OAS against the gains of the State in order to optimize the fight against corruption in Bolivia.”

The workshop participants, who are either policy makers or experts in their respective anti-corruption fields, will review and strengthen the Draft Action Plan written by OAS Consultant Julio Mollinedo. His comprehensive work reviews Bolivia’s compliance with the recommendations of the MESICIC Committee of Experts, specifically on the subjects of government hiring, conflict of interest, the training of public servants, the procurement of goods and services and the use of public resources, reporting income, assets and liabilities, access to information, preventing bribery, and the protection of whistleblowers, among other areas. The document makes recommendations on how the Bolivian government and legislative body can strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms on these topics, and outlines the processes, actors, timeframe, and costs necessary in implementing a specific recommendation. With their particular insight, along with their sector-based experience, the workshop participants will have the chance to suggest ways in which the implementation of the MESICIC’s recommendations for Bolivia can be facilitated.

This workshop is part of a general framework, established through the MESICIC, to strengthen inter-American legal cooperation. The three-part process involves hiring a regionally-recognized consultant to write a draft plan of action for the country’s implementation of the recommendations of the MESICIC Committee of Experts, followed by a national workshop where participants from the public and private sectors have the opportunity to enrich the consultant’s text. The third step is the integration of the first two steps, in which the consultant writes the final plan of action, taking into consideration the comments, suggestions, and questions posed during the national workshop. This follow-up mechanism gives added validity to the recommendations developed in the MESICIC Rounds of Review by evaluating both the function and practice of each recommendation within a country’s specific national context.

For more information on OAS actions supporting hemispheric cooperation against corruption, including the MESICIC Action Plan Program, please visit the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N° 42 - October 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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