Anti-Corruption Mechanism to Visit Haiti

As per news dated March 7th, 2015, the Organization of American States (OAS) has confirmed that the government of Haiti has agreed to accept an on-site visit as part of the Fifth Round follow-up mechanism on the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Haiti notified its decision to the MESICIC Technical Secretariat in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits. Haiti also consented to and received an on-site visit during the Fourth Round of Review. The MESICIC Committee of Experts will review the condition of the implementation of the provisions as per Article III, paragraphs 3 and 12 of the Inter-American Convention against corruptions, which speak about the instructions given to the concerned government officials for proper execution of the entrusted responsibility, corruption preventive measures undertaken as per the program, equitable compensation and probity in public service. Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of (MESICIC) of the OAS would begin in March, this year.


The committee will further probe into the follow-up on the recommendations formulated to the States Parties in the Second Round, including topics such as matters of public procurement, hiring or appointment of the public servants, protection of the whistleblowers, treatment methods for criminalizing acts of corruption as per the convention.

This affirmative acceptance of Haiti has put itself in the league of other OAS associated countries who had earlier communicated their consent to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth round of MESICIC. Such countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Uruguay.

OAS, is an intercontinental organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., was founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. Presently, its members are the 35 independent states of the Americas.

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