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 Colombia from April 8 – 10, 2013, as part of the review process that the Mechanism is carrying out in various countries of the region, during the course of the Fourth Round of Review, in which the implementation of the Convention on issues related to oversight bodies for the prevention, investigation and sanction of acts of corruption is being analyzed, as well as the recommendations that were formulated to the countries in the First Round.
This, visit, as all those carried out by the MESICIC, is held 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. Further information on the MESICIC and the Fourth Round of Review is available here.
The Commission that will visit Colombia will be made up of representatives of Costa Rica and Guatemala to the MESICIC, as well as from the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, as the Technical Secretariat of the MESICIC. The Commission will meet with representatives of the main oversight bodies of the country, in order to gather on-the-ground information regarding the manner in which they carry out their functions, which will serve as an input for the drafting, consideration and adoption of the report on that country that the MESICIC will adopt in September of this year.
It is also expected that the commission will meet with Colombian civil society organizations, as well as with representatives from the private sector, professional associations and academics, in order to address topics that are currently being reviewed in the Fourth Round of the MESICIC.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.