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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism to visit Antigua

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says Antigua and Barbuda has given consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC).

The OAS said St. John’s has joined the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama in doing so.

The five countries notified the MESICIC Technical Secretariat of their decisions in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits.

It said the five countries also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.

For the Fifth Round, which begins in March, the MESICIC Committee of Experts will review the implementation of the provisions in Article III, paragraphs 3 and 12 of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

The OAS says the provisions refer to the “needed instruction to government personnel and the study of preventive measures that take into account the relationship between equitable compensation and probity in public service.

“Moreover, the Committee will analyze the follow-up on the recommendations formulated to the States Parties in the Second Round, on topics such as public procurement, hiring of public servants, whistleblower protection and the criminalization of acts of corruption under the Convention,” the OAS said.

It said the “affirmative answers” from these five countries join those previously expressed by Chile, Mexico, Guyana, the United States, Peru and Uruguay.

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