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Sep 1, 2016

Prime Minister Says Belize Must Be “Serious” with U.N.C.A.C. Obligations

Dean Barrow

A hundred and forty countries, members of the United Nations, have already signed on to the UNCAC. Barrow believes that the stringent requirements of the convention can further complicate matters for Belize at the international level.  Citing the ongoing correspondent banking crisis, PM Barrow notes that failure to live up to the obligations of the convention can be detrimental for the country.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I have the convention here; I went and read it. Participation, conference of state parties…being parties to the convention and members to the mechanism which we will be once we sign the convention will mean this: physical participation at the meetings; two, preparations of periodic national reports is a serious and comprehensive exercise which requires all types of resources—human, technical, financial—bearing in mind that the entity tasked to prepare such report must consult with the various stakeholders and relevant sectors. Similarly, when the country is tasked to analyze another country’s report, human resources will also need to be invested therein. Other issues…we have to establish a specific anticorruption body; we have to make sure that we have a witness protection program in place. These are matters that will require a serious mobilization of human and financial resources and the point I try to make in explaining why, despite my desire to sign—I thought we had to proceed carefully—is that if you sign and you don’t ensure that you are able to implement and implement fully, you know what will happen. They will call you to account, they will put you on blast; that you are not fully compliant and they will use that to screw you over even more with things like correspondent banking relationships. So look, what has happened now….the Chamber and I have agreed because I want to, but we must have that working committee to advice on how to proceed.”

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1 Response for “Prime Minister Says Belize Must Be “Serious” with U.N.C.A.C. Obligations”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Bullshit!! Bullshit!! and more Bullshit!!! How many country reports have you allowed access to, to Transparency International?? We always appear in the annual report as an asterisk. As for the U.N. Convention, we have always been in the glamorous company of North Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia and the rest of the International Pariahs. What you tek wi fa??

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