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  May 14, 2008

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Uruguay are jointly organizing a workshop that is scheduled to be held May 15 and 16 in Montevideo, Uruguay, on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

Slated to be held at the MERCOSUR building in the Uruguayan capital, the conference will kick off with a brief overview of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the treaty’s Follow-up Mechanism (MESICIC). It will be followed by a review of the content and scope of Uruguay’s two national reports, adopted during the MESICIC review. Participants will then break into working groups to discuss and comment on the Draft Plan of Action for implementing MESICIC recommendations.

Jean Michel Arrighi, Secretary of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs, will inaugurate the meeting, along with Uruguay’s Minister of Education and Culture María Simón and President of Uruguay’s Advisory Board of Economic and Financial Issues Beatriz Pereira de Pólito.

The Draft Action Plan to be reviewed at the workshop identifies specific steps that need to be taken in order to implement recommendations made by the MESICIC Committee of Experts; the Government institutions, offices or agencies responsible for implementation; the estimated costs and resources needed; the timetable for execution of the activities; and the indicators to verify outcomes.

The workshop is being held in response to OAS member states’ requests for assistance to implement the provisions of the Convention and, in particular, the recommendations by the MESICIC Committee of Experts.

Reference: E-180/08