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Sep 1, 2016

Bowing to Chamber of Commerce, P.M. Agrees to Sign U.N. Anti-Corruption Convention

Dean Barrow

As we told you earlier, there was a meeting on Wednesday morning between the Prime Minister and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Chamber called on the government to accede the UN Convention on Anti-Corruption. Barrow had resisted signing the convention, but reeling from scandal to scandal, the PM has agreed with the Chamber to set up a working group in the next two weeks so that Belize can finally sign the Convention and set up a new bi-cameral Public Accounts Committee.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The chamber is entirely cognizant of the practical organizational and resource difficulties that will arise upon Belize’s accession to the UN Anti-Corruption Convention. I showed them the memo that had been prepared for me when I was getting ready to sign at the beginning of this year. We have therefore agreed, the Chamber and the government, to set up a working group to examine all the ramifications so as to ensure that when we accede—and accede we will—we are in a strong position to effectively implement the obligations that will accompany accession. That working group is to convene very early and certainly not later than the next two weeks. The Chamber also accepted government’s position articulated from the time of our last administration that the reconfiguration of the Public Accounts Committee to include the social partners in the senate must still result in a majority G.O.B. membership of that committee. With that acceptance, work can start quickly on the revision of the parliamentary standing orders so as to enshrine what will now be a bicameral public accounts committee. And just to refresh your memories, what is being proposed, what the chamber has accepted, that the new committee will comprise six representatives from the government, three representatives from the social partners, two representatives from the Opposition, one of which will maintain the chairmanship.”

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2 Responses for “Bowing to Chamber of Commerce, P.M. Agrees to Sign U.N. Anti-Corruption Convention”

  1. Hatari says:

    That give them 2 weeks to hide all their ill-gotten gains.

  2. Steve says:

    It is sad to see that he has to be extremely pressured in order to sign something that is good for Belize, and that will make politicians more accountable when they are in office.

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