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O.A.S. Anti-corruption Mechanism Visits Haiti, Where Corruption Is Deeply Rooted

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 79292
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2014-05-01
By: George Rodríguez

With a record as a corruption- and poverty-ridden country, Haiti was visited early this month by the Mecanismo de Segimiento de la Implementación de la Convención Interamericana contra la Corrupción (MESICIC), a work group of the Organization of American States (OAS). During its April 8-10 stay in this French- and Creole-speaking Caribbean island nation—where some 9.7 million of the 10.4 million population live in extreme poverty, 78% with an income below US$2 a day—the MESICIC commission met with government, judicial, and security officials, as well as grassroots, private sector, and professional organizations, academics, and researchers. Corruption is usually a sensitive issue in any country, and, whether in Creole or in French, corruption is particularly complex in Haiti, last year’s worst rated nation of the Central American and Caribbean region in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the yearly worldwide report issued by Transparency International (TI).

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