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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism to Conduct On-Site Visit to Uruguay

  March 12, 2013

A Commission from the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS), will conduct an on-site visit to Uruguay from April 8 – 10, 2013, as part of the review process that the Mechanism is carrying out, in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-Site Visits adopted by its States Party.

This visit, like all those carried out by the MESICIC, is made with the host countries’ consent. The MESICIC is a cooperative, “inter pares” mechanism that incorporates the participation of civil society organizations, in which the legal and 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 process of analysis represents an innovative and pioneering initiative of the OAS which has further strengthened this mechanism of reciprocal analysis between states. Further information on the MESICIC and the Fourth Round of Review is available here.

The Commission that will visit Uruguay will be made up of the representatives from Antigua and Barbuda and Argentina, as well as from the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS, in its capacity as the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC. Meetings are to take place with representatives from oversight bodies responsible for preventing, detecting and punishing corruption, the purpose of which is to review, on site, the manner in which the Inter-American Convention against Corruption is being implemented in Uruguay and to provide first hand, objective and complete information for consideration of its national report, which will be adopted by the MESICIC in a plenary meeting in September.

In addition, it is also expected that meetings will take place with Uruguayan civil society organizations, representatives from the private sector, professional associations and academics, in order to address the topics that are currently being reviewed in the Fourth Round of the Mechanism. It will also provide an opportunity to address the implementation of the recommendations formulated in the First Round, such as conflicts of interest, sworn statements of net worth and access to public information.

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Reference: E-085/13