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MESICIC Experts Examine Achievements in Combating Corruption

The Committee of Experts of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), adopted, during meetings conducted from December 3 - 7, 2007, reports on the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption in Colombia, Panama, Chile, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.

These reports form part of the Second Round of Review on the fulfillment of the Convention and examine in detail the legal-institutional framework and the objective results achieved in each country, as well as formulate concrete recommendations on the areas requiring additional progress. The issues evaluated during this round include transparency in the hiring of public servants and the acquisition of goods and services by the state, protection for those who report acts of corruption, and the criminalization of offenses established by the Convention in this area.

The Second Round reports also evaluate the progress made by the States in the implementation of the recommendations formulated during the First Round of Review.  The First Round reports examined the measures and results achieved in the areas of prevention of conflicts of interest, statements of assets of those who exercise public functions, oversight bodies, access to public information and other mechanisms for civil society participation in the prevention of corruption, and assistance in obtaining evidence in the investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption.

MESICIC is a mechanism established within the framework of the OAS, in which states evaluate each other reciprocally, based on conditions of equal treatment, with respect to the measures taken and the results achieved in applying the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

MESICIC’s Second Round of Review is scheduled to be completed by December 2008. In addition to the reports adopted this past December, similar reports have been adopted for Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Ecuador, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information on the MESICIC process, visit the OAS Office of Legal Cooperation website.

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