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On March 1 and 2, 2012, in Bogota, Colombia, the “Latin American Meeting: Combating Transnational Corruption,” jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Colombia, through the National Department of Planning, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was held in order to increase knowledge about transnational corruption, strengthen international cooperation mechanisms to combat it and link an active and engaged private sector in this struggle.

This event, attended by authorities and national and international experts on transparency and combating corruption, was inaugurated by the Minister of Justice and Law of the Republic of Colombia, Dr. Juan Carlos Esguerra, who stressed the importance of legal instruments to combat corruption at national and international levels.

In addition, the meeting contained important lectures and presentations by national authorities of Argentina, Brazil and its Minister of the Office of the Comptroller General, Jorge Hage, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, USA, Italy, Mexico, Peru and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives of international bodies including the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), the OECD and the Latin American Network for International Legal Cooperation (IberRed).

The OAS General Secretariat was represented by Dr. Jorge García González, Director of the Department of Legal Cooperation, who shared with a special panel for prosecutors the concrete results achieved by the Mechanism to Follow Up on the Implementation of the Interamerican Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) and the REMJA process (Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas) as two of the main OAS developments to strengthen legal cooperation in the region in mutual assistance and extradition in cases involving corruption.

As well, the Chair of the Committee of Experts to the MESICIC and Lead Expert of Mexico to the same, Alfredo Esparza Jaime, participated in a panel on private sector responsibility in the prevention of transnational bribery. Moreover, the Lead Expert of Brazil to the Committee of Experts, Vânia Vieria, also participated in the panel on responsibility of legal persons in combating corruption.

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Edition N° 82 - March 2012

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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