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On April 17 and 18, 2012, the Open Government Partnership Annual Meeting (OGP) will take place in Brasilia, Brazil. More than 400 Delegates from 53 countries will come together for this event, in which they will announce their action plans to promote transparency, prevent and combat corruption, as well as encourage greater openness by government and encourage citizen participation. It will also seek to promote a shared understanding of corruption and the importance of cooperation in addressing practical problems.

Confirmed high-level attendees for the event include Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as dozens of senior government ministers from around the world, including Minister Jorge Hage Sobrinho, Head of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU).

In representation of the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary for Legal Affairs, Jean Michel Arrighi, will participate. In addition, by request of the organizers, the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC (Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption), which the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs is responsible for, will make a presentation highlighting the complementary nature between the work of the MESICIC and the OGP as well as the possibilities for cooperation and mutual reinforcement between these processes in the promotion of transparency and in the prevention and combat against corruption. It will also highlight the opportunity for this region to be in the forefront in meeting the goals of the OGP, due to the progress made in the framework of the MESICIC. Significant participation by the experts and authorities that represent the States Parties to the MESICIC is also expected.

This global meeting being held in Brazil was preceded in this hemisphere by the “Regional Dialogue for Open Government.” This event, held on March 20 in Mexico City, was jointly organized by the Government of Mexico, the General Secretariat of the OAS, through the Department of Legal Cooperation in its capacity as Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC, and the OGP. It affirmed that the OGP process offers an opportunity for consolidating an agenda for transparency, for preventing and combating corruption, as well as in encouraging collaboration between governments and civil society. This process also provides an opportunity for strengthening accountability in the region, which is synergistically aligned with the objectives of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption  and its Follow-Up Mechanism (MESICIC).

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Edition N° 89 - April 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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