Guyana agrees to Anti-Corruption Mechanism visits

The Organization of American States (OAS) says the government of Guyana has joined with several countries in agreeing 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 on Friday that the United States, Peru and Uruguay have also confirmed agreement to the visit.

“The four countries notified the MESICIC Technical Secretariat of their decisions in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits,” the OAS said. “Both also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.”

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

“The affirmative answers from these four countries join those previously expressed by Chile and Mexico, who communicated their consent to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth round of MESICIC,” it added.

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