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OECD Integrity Review of Mexico

Taking a Stronger Stance Against Corruption

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The OECD's Integrity Review of Mexico is one of the first peer reviews to apply the new 2017 Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity. It assesses (i) the coherence and comprehensiveness of the evolving public integrity system; (ii) the extent to which Mexico’s new reforms cultivate a culture of integrity across the public sector; and (iii) the effectiveness of increasingly stringent accountability mechanisms. In addition, the Review includes a sectoral focus on public procurement, one of the largest areas of government spending in the country and is considered a high-risk government activity for fraud and corruption. The Review provides several proposals for strengthening institutional arrangements and improving vertical and horizontal co-ordination, closing remaining gaps in various existing legal/policy frameworks, instilling integrity values and ensuring the sustainability of reforms.

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Clean public procurement in Mexico: Ensuring integrity and value for money

In line with the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement, this chapter assesses whether Mexico has developed effective general standards for public procurement procedures, and implemented procurement specific safeguards in order to preserve integrity in public procurement. It looks specifically at newly developed initiatives, such as the Protocol of Conduct for Public Servants in Public Procurement and the Registry of Public Procurement Officials. It also describes the complaints and sanctions system in place in order to contest procurement decisions and denounce possible corruption cases. The chapter analyses levels of transparency of public procurement processes and the application of e-procurement solutions. Finally, it evaluates how external stakeholders, such as private sector representatives and civil society organisations, are involved in the public procurement system with a view to increasing its transparency and integrity.

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