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  June 12, 2006

During a national workshop that will take place tomorrow in Managua, Nicaragua, high-level representatives of the Nicaraguan government and the Organization of American States (OAS) will study measures designed to implement recommendations for strengthening anti-corruption efforts in the country.

The event, which will include the participation of the President of Nicaragua, builds on the OAS Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (known by its Spanish acronym, MESICIC). Through this process, experts from the OAS member states examine progress against corruption in each country and develop concrete recommendations to improve their efforts to combat this problem.

The Managua workshop, which will take place at the Hotel Intercontinental Metrocentro, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13. After opening remarks by the Executive Director of Nicaragua’s Office of Public Ethics, Haydée Acosta, the MESICIC report on Nicaragua will be presented, along with a draft Plan of Action for follow-up. The draft, prepared by consultant Manuel Aráuz, proposes concrete steps to implement the MESICIC recommendations. Participants in the workshop will break into working groups to study and refine these proposals.

Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños will take part in the closing session, scheduled for 4:45 p.m., and he will be briefed on the results and conclusions of the workshop. The Director of the OAS Department of International Legal Affairs, Jean-Michel Arrighi, will represent the OAS Secretary General at the event.

Twenty-eight OAS member countries participate in the anti-corruption mechanism. Last week, the first Hemispheric Report developed through this process was presented to the region’s foreign ministers, who were meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the annual session of the OAS General Assembly.

Reference: E-130/06