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  June 21, 2007

Anti-Corruption experts from the hemisphere will meet at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington from June 25-30, to review the progress of six countries in their efforts to implement measures from the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (IACAC), including those related to government hiring and procurement and whistle blower protection.

The Committee of the Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, known by Spanish acronym MESICIC, will also assess the progress of these countries in implementing recommendations from the First Round of review, which dealt with issues relating to conflict of interest, conservation of public funds, systems for registering assets, technical cooperation between states and the participation of civil society.

The six countries for which final reports will be adopted are Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. The next meeting of the MESICIC Committee of Experts will take place December 3-8, 2007. The countries to be reviewed are Colombia, Panama, Chile, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

The MESICIC review process operates in a series of successive “rounds” in which each State Party is reviewed to see how well it is complying with selected provisions of the IACAC. The Second Round of review, which began in April, 2006, is scheduled to be completed in December, 2008.

The provisions from the Convention selected for review during the Second Round include systems of government hiring and procurement of goods and services, and systems for protecting public servants and private citizens who, in good faith, report acts of corruption. The Second Round reports also consider the steps taken by each State Party to implement the recommendations adopted by the Committee from the First Round reports.

MESICIC is the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption. The Convention was adopted in 1996, and the Follow-up Mechanism was created in 2001 to monitor compliance with the Convention.

For more information about the Convention and MESICIC please visit our website

Reference: E-151/07