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Dec 1, 2016

UNCAC Will Not Save Us All, Says Chamber President

Nikita Usher

With the Senate assenting to Belize’s accession to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on Wednesday, nothing stands in the way of Prime Minister Dean Barrow signing on December ninth. The anti-corruption fight is one happily taken on the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, bolstered by the eleven-day teachers’ strike in October. But as pointed out during the Senate debate and again today by Chamber President Nikita Usher, the signing is just the beginning of Belize’s road to a better society.

 

Nikita Usher, President, Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“[Accession]… they’ve gone even further, originally we were asking for signature, now they have gone to [accession], which is a step forward. But I want the general public to understand: signing on to UNCAC will not erase corruption. It will mean that private sector groups, civil society groups and the public at large – the media plays an important role in keeping the pressure on, and ensuring that these things are brought to light.”

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