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The “Second Conference on the Progress and Challenges in Hemispheric Cooperation against Corruption”, took place on June 21 and 22, 2011, in Cali, Colombia. The Conference was organized by the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS, with the support of the Government of Colombia, through its Ministry of External Relations and the Presidential Program for Modernization, Efficiency, Transparency and the Fight against Corruption.

This Conference was opened by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Vice-President of Colombia, Angelino Garzón, and had the participation of governmental experts, civil society and academics from different countries and regions of the Americas. The agenda for the Conference included dialogue and discussion panels with international experts, in such areas as the protection of whistleblowers of corruption; sworn statements of income and interests; civil society participation and the responsibility of the private sector in the fight against corruption, as well as training initiatives including useful tools for the prevention of this serious problem.

The Conference concluded with remarks by the Secretary of Legal Affairs of the OAS, Jean Michel Arrighi, and the Director of the Presidential Program for Modernization, Efficiency, Transparency and the Fight against Corruption of Colombia, Miguel Francisco Prado General.

More information on the Conference, as well as on concrete actions developed within the framework of the OAS to support hemispheric cooperation against corruption can be found on the Anticorruption Portal of the Americas.

Edition N° 57 - June 2011

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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