IN FIRST SEMINAR OF THE ANTICORRUPTION ACADEMY OF THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC
ADMINISTRATION OF MEXICO
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
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.