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The Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the General Secretariat of the OAS participated in the first seminar of the recently established Anticorruption Academy of the Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico, which was held November 4 – 5, 2011.

This event was opened by the Secretary of Public Administration, Mr. Salvador Vega Casillas, and he addressed important issues such as the international perspective on transparency and fighting corruption, fraud detection in the private sphere, the relationship between administrative discretion and corruption, the criminal liability of public servants, the legal nature of the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice and the sanctions for administrative responsibilities, as well as ministerial investigations into crimes of civil servants.

At this event, the representative of the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS highlighted the progress made in the framework of the OAS to combat corruption, such as the adoption of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, which was the first international legal instrument to address this issue comprehensively; and the consolidation of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), which, beginning with the Fourth Round of Review, on-site visits will be carried out. These visits will allow for ‘on the field’ knowledge on the actions that the countries that make up the MESICIC have taken in implementing the Convention and will also encourage a greater sharing of best practices amongst themselves to further advance the common cause of fighting corruption.

This representative also stressed the importance on promoting transparency and tackling corruption effectively with initiatives such as the one undertaken by Mexico with the creation and implementation of its Anticorruption Academy, which is in line with the recommendations that have been made to most of the countries that take part in the MESICIC, namely that regular training be conducted in areas related to the prevention, detection, and punishment of corruption.

Edition N° 77 - November 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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