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Nov 10, 2015

B.P.P. Challenges PM Barrow to Sign Onto Anti-Corruption Convention

The fight against corruption is an issue that has on the agenda of the former Vision Inspired by the People, which has now become the Belize Progressive Party. The B.P.P. is today demanding that the government sign on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The convention was created back on December ninth, 2003 and a month prior to its twelfth anniversary; the B.P.P. has written to the prime minister calling on him to accede to the convention, challenging him to demonstrate good faith to Belizeans and the international community. 


Paco Smith, Chairman, B.P.P.

“The B.P.P. is putting forward this request to the prime minister because number one; it’s the right thing to do. This was one of the stipulations that we had, if things were to work out in our favor that we would have immediately signed on to this anticorruption convention. It’s important because we have seen the manifestation of it being with regards to our neighbors. Anyone who has paid attention to regional or international news knows what happened to the former president of Guatemala with regards to allegations of corruption. Also we see the manifestation of it a few years back in Honduras. So it is very close to home. From our perspective, if any duly elected government, which claims to have a mandate for the people and also believes that corruption is a very serious issue, they should have absolutely no problem in signing this convention. It’s been twelve years since it’s been on the books internationally and quite frankly, it is a very, very bad presentation for Belize not being a signatory to this.”


Paco Smith

Duane Moody

“Any idea as to why there would be a hesitation to signing on to this given the fact that it was penned from back in 2003?”


Paco Smith

“Absolutely, I mean that’s the million-dollar question that we are all asking.  And we are here to remind him and anyone else. In terms of good governance practice and principles—myself being a student of that discipline—I see absolutely no reason why any government, government official or political entity that has the opportunity to sign on to something as important as this would either number one, hesitate; or number two, as we’ve seen over the past twelve years, been unwilling to sign on to this document. Without getting into details, I know that it is a legally binding document. So with regards to the elements involved, basically it is saying on behalf of the nation, that you are willing to abide by certain anticorruption elements and basically putting forward a good-faith notion that is legally binding. And I think that is the caveat here with regards to individuals who have had the opportunity to sign on to this convention over the past twelve years and simply have chosen not to; it’s that it is a legally binding document.”

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4 Responses for “B.P.P. Challenges PM Barrow to Sign Onto Anti-Corruption Convention”

  1. Truth says:

    Pressure Him.. Keep it up B.P.P !!!!!!

  2. m & m says:

    Don’t worry Dean, go ahead and sign… you can always come and work for me if anything goes wrong,

  3. Al says:

    He’s not even elected and yet glibly steps around the answer to the reporter’s question. Here’s the answer. Because we are as corrupted as they come, and wish not to end up like the Guatemalans, we have therefore decide never to sign on such things as long as we are in government.

  4. MNHG says:


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