FORWARD IN GRANTING THEIR CONSENT FOR ON-SITE VISITS BY OAS
The Member States of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation
of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) have moved
forward in granting their consent for on-site visits to be carried out,
in accordance with the Methodology they adopted to that end, as part of
the review process for assisting them in the implementation of the
At the Third Meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the MESICIC,
held in Brasilia in December 2010, the Member States agreed by consensus
to recommend that the Committee of Experts adopt a methodology for
conducting on-site visits that would, inter alia, ensure all the States
equal and impartial treatment and establish procedures whereby the
country under review could give official consent for the on-site visit
to be carried out.
Subsequently, in March 2011, at its Eighteenth Meeting, the MESICIC
Committee of Experts also approved by consensus the aforementioned
methodology. In addition to regulating the manner in which States must
express their consent for an on-site visit to go ahead, it also contains
the provisions necessary to ensure that the visit’s objectives are met.
The methodology can be found at the following link:
Currently, the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC is receiving
information from the States regarding their consent to on-site visits
that are to be carried out as part of the review process for the Fourth
Round, which is to begin in 2012. Already, many States have given their
consent for on-site visits to be carried out in their countries.
The Member States that have to date formally expressed their consent
include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the
United States. Over the coming days, we expect to receive similar
notifications from many of the other Member States to the MESICIC, which
have reported that they are taking the steps needed domestically to
formalize their consent.
Edition N° 59 - August 2011
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.