The executive director of Ethics and Government Integrity, Dr. Milagros Ortiz Bosch, delivered this Tuesday to the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza, a report of the Fortieth Meeting of the Committee of Experts (MESICIC) where the Dominican Republic’s compliance with Article XVI of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption was approved.
Ortiz said that the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the OAS Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), at its Fortieth Meeting, approved, last Thursday, September 14, the evaluation report on the Dominican Republic’s compliance with the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, which contains the implementation in the country of the recommendations made by the MESICIC during the past Third Evaluation Round, and the evaluation of the implementation of Article XVI corresponding to the Sixth Round.
“During the evaluation, the experts representing the countries of the Americas acknowledged the country’s broad compliance on issues related to Negotiation or prevention of tax benefits for payments made in violation of anti-corruption legislation (Article III, paragraph 7 of the Convention); Prevention of bribery of national and foreign public officials (Article III); Transnational bribery (Article VIII of the Convention); Illicit enrichment (Article IX of the Convention) and Extradition (Article XIII of the Convention), as well as the issue of Bank Secrecy (Article XVI of the Convention)”, said Mrs. Milagros.
She added that the representation of the Dominican Republic in this activity was headed by Dr. Berenice Barinas, executive director of the DIGEIG, the country’s expert and vice-president of the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC, and also included Ms. Nauel Bourtokan, director of Investigation and Follow-up of Complaints of the DIGEIG and alternate expert of the MESICIC and Ms. Ruth De los Santos, Ad Hoc expert before the MESICIC and general director of Tax Policy and Legislation of the Ministry of Finance.
Finally, she emphasized that the Dominican Republic has had the interest and willingness to implement the recommendations or requirements that have been formulated through this mechanism, in compliance with the commitments established in the Convention, this work has strengthened the prevention and sanctions of inappropriate conduct, improving administrative management and quality public services, as required by the Constitution of the Republic and other complementary norms.
For his part, Minister José Ignacio Paliza congratulated the work being carried out by the DEGEIG in the evaluation of the different governmental processes. This is the government that all Dominicans want, transparent, efficient and full of passion at the moment of serving, these are the results of the effort of many people who, led by President Luis Abinader, want to do well for the country.
At the meeting with the press held in the Lobby of the National Palace, were present Dr. Berenice Barinas, executive director of DEGEIG, Dr. Ruth de los Santos, general director of Tax Policy and Legislation of the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Delta Paniagua, legal director of the DIGEIG, Ms. Nauel Bourtokan, internal director of Investigation and Follow-up of Complaints of the DIGEIG and the deputy minister of MAPRE, Dilia Leticia Jorge Mera.