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OAS anti-corruption unit to visit Jamaica

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

OAS anti-corruption unit to visit Jamaica

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WASHINGTON (CMC) – The Organisation of American States (OAS) says a commission from its Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will conduct an on-site visit to Jamaica in April.
The OAS said the April 1 to 3 visit will be conducted “as part of the follow-up inter pares process carried out by the mechanism in various countries of the region”.
The hemispheric body said the commission would be made up of representatives from El Salvador and Grenada to the MESICIC who, will meet with representatives from oversight bodies “responsible for preventing, detecting and punishing corruption to review the manner in which the Inter-American Convention is being implemented”.
The OAS said the purpose of the visit is to collect information in the field about how these organs perform their functions, “which serve as inputs for the preparation of the report to be drawn up by the MESICIC on Jamaica in its September 2014 meeting.
“It is anticipated that the commission will meet with Jamaican civil society organisations in order to address topics related to the issues being analysed in the Fourth Round of the MESICIC,” the statement said.
Within the framework of the Fourth Round of evaluations, the OAS Anticorruption Mechanism is also expected to visit Belize, Haiti, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname in April.
“The incorporation of on-site visits, with the consent of the countries, as a stage and integral part of the analysis represents an innovative and pioneering initiative of the OAS, which has further strengthened this reciprocal review process,” the statement said.