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From March 20 – 23, 2012, El Salvador received, with its consent, a visit by the Commission of the OAS Anticorruption Mechanism (Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption – MESICIC), as part of the review process of said Mechanism, carried out in accordance with the Methodology adopted by consensus by its Member States.
The Commission was composed of the Comptroller General and the Technical Managing Director of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Ms. Adelina González and Mr. Basilio Jáuregui, respectively, and the Attorney-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ms. Judith Jones-Morgan, who represent their countries before the Mechanism, and who were also supported by the General Secretariat of the OAS in the visit.
During the four days of work, the members of the Commission met with representatives of the Subsecretariat for Transparency and Anti-Corruption of the Office of the Presidency, the Government Ethics Tribunal, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Office of the Attorney General, the Court of Accounts and the Economic and Social Council, in order to obtain objective and complete information and reveal potential difficulties in the implementation of the Inter-American Convention. It also provided an opportunity to facilitate the obtaining of information related to best practices, and provided El Salvador the opportunity to benefit from or to request technical assistance.
The Commission also had the opportunity to meet with organizations from civil society and the private sector, professional associations, academics and researchers, in order to address issues with the Government Ethics Law, the Access to Public Information Law, the statements of net worth of public servants and employees, as well as private sector participation in initiatives to combat corruption.
The results of this visit forms part of the review process that is currently being carried out by the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC, and which will conclude with the adoption of the El Salvador country report by the Committee at its next plenary meeting to be held in September 2012, in Washington DC at OAS Headquarters.
The MESICIC is a cooperation mechanism between States, with the participation of civil society organizations, established within the framework of the OAS, in which the legal/institutional framework of each country is reviewed for suitability with the Inter-American Convention against Corruption as well as the objective results achieved therein. The incorporation of on-site visits as a stage and integral part of the MESICIC review process represents an innovative and pioneering initiative in the context of the OAS, especially for a peer review mechanism and the importance of the issues it addresses.
For more information on the MESICIC, please visit the Anti-Corruption Portal of the Americas at www.oas.org/juridico/english/fightcur.html
Edition N° 86 - March 2012
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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