OAS Holds Meeting in Montevideo and Adopts Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism

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Saturday, January 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On October 5-7, 1999, at its Twenty-Sixth Regular Session in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States, made progress on a number of counterdrug initiatives. At a meeting on September 2, 1999, the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG)-MEM approved the following timetable and general procedures for the first evaluation round of the MEM: (1) the Executive Secretariat sends the questionnaires no later than October 15, 1999 and invites the governments to designate their respective principal expert and alternates to the Governmental Experts’ Group (GEG) by December 1, 1999; (2) the Executive Secretariat presents a draft manual of operations for the GEG to the twenty-sixth regular session of CICAD for consideration and approval; (3) the Executive Secretariat communicates to the governments (December 2, 1999) the list of principal experts and alternates, and sends the operations manual approved by CICAD to the members of the GEG; (4) the countries submit completed questionnaires and introductory documents to the Executive Secretariat as soon as possible, and no later than February 28, 2000; (5) the GEG Support Unit of the Executive Secretariat compiles and organizes the information contained in the questionnaires, without including any judgment value on its content, and distributes them together with the introductory document prepared by each government, copies of the completed questionnaires and other relevant information to the members of the GEG prior to the planning seminar. The Planning Seminar occurs as early as possible in April and no later than April 30, 2000…[more]