Guyana to undergo 6th round of MESICIC on-site review

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Gail Teixeira, Governance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance has announced that in keeping with Guyana’s treaty obligations under the Organisation of American States’ Inter- American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC), Guyana will be undergoing its sixth-round of on-site review in October 2023 through the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC),

MESICIC is the Anticorruption Mechanism of the OAS, and it brings together 33 of the 34 Member States to review their legal frameworks and institutions in light of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (IACAC). The MESICIC Experts from within the member states, with assistance from the Technical Secretariat, review domestic laws and institutions to determine if they accord with the provisions of the Convention and if they are effective at preventing and combating corruption. As part of this review process, the Experts visit the country being reviewed, where they meet with government officials and civil society organizations to gather more information to compile their report of that round of review. This report typically contains recommendations for the State to strengthen its anti-corruption architecture to prevent and combat corruption. Guyana ratified the IACAC in 2000 and as such has an Expert on the MESICIC which meets twice yearly.

Experts from the Republic of Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago have been selected by MESICIC to conduct the review of Guyana, and will be conducting the requisite consultations and meetings which form the “on-site review” from the 2nd to the 5th of October, 2023 in Georgetown, Guyana. The experts conducting this sixth round of review will be supported by staff of the OAS Technical Secretariat.

This important national exercise requires the involvement of civil society actors, private sector organisations, and public sector and state agencies.

The following state agencies are expected to participate in this national review:

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance
Ministry of Public Service
Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Financial Intelligence Unit
Audit Office of Guyana
Ministry of Finance
Public Procurement Commission
National Procurement and Tender Administration Board
Special Organized Crime Unit
Attorney General’s Chambers
Integrity Commission
Bank of Guyana
Ministry of   Foreign    Affairs   and International Cooperation
Ministry of Home Affairs
Director of Public Prosecutions

The following civil society organizations have also been invited to participate and make presentations:

Private Sector Commission
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
Guyana Bar Association
Guyana Association     of    Women Lawyers (GAWL).
Guyana Public Service Union.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana (ICAG).
Federation of    Independent   Trade Unions of Guyana.
Transparency Institute of Guyana (TIGI).
Guyana Bankers’ Association
Guyana Gold & Diamond Miners Association
Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association
Guyana-America Chamber       of Commerce
Guyana-UK Chamber of Commerce
Guyana-Canada Chamber         of Commerce
Civil Society Forum
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Notably, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance compiled and submitted Guyana’s most recent report under the Inter American Convention Against Corruption in May 2023.

Furthermore, the Ministry chairs the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC) comprised of 17 agencies involved with the anti-corruption framework of Guyana. This body continues to play a pivotal role in training these agencies and preparing the compilation of these State party reports under Guyana’s treaty obligations at the regional and international levels, including those at the level of the MESICIC.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance is the Government of Guyana’s lead agency on anti-corruption treaty reporting, and in that regard, is the coordinating agency of this MESICIC Sixth Round On-Site review.