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Dec 9, 2016

UNCAC Signed; Acting P.M. Pays Tribute

United Nations Convention against Corruption was signed today inside the cabinet room in Belmopan to coincide with Anti-Corruption International Day. The acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber penned the document which places Belize among the one hundred and eighty-four countries who have signed-on.  UN Resident Coordinator Christian Salazar Volkmann was also present for the event. The UNCAC is described as the most comprehensive anti-corruption convention, which covers a wide-range of corruption offenses including domestic and foreign bribery, embezzlement, trading in influence and money laundering.  GOB will now begin the process of putting in place the prescribed measures in the public and private sectors. For years there was resistance, but in November GOB finally came around following a push by the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Belize National Teachers Union.  The event was kept low-key and not opened to the media; the government press office has provided the following video.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister of Belize

“Corruption as far as I have observed affects primarily the poor of a country and given Belize’s position and given what the reports said…the Human Development Report that we just saw—and Christian was a part of that; the UNDP released that report—we have seen how our country is devastated by the issue of poverty, but also the wider region. And so signing on to a convention like this will help us in the fight against corruption, but more importantly the fight against poverty in reading the forward that the UN Secretary General put forward. He spoke about corruption being a tool that fights against, so to speak, the government’s ability to put forward the basics for poor people in the country. Corruption is a hindrance to that and so if we all put our shoulders to the wheel to go against all of these acts of corruption, then it is a step forward for the poor people of the country and by extension, it is a step forward for our country’s development and the global effort.”

 

Christian Salazar Volkmann

Christian Salazar Volkmann, UN Resident Coordinator

“This is an important day today. I really commend the government, the state, the people of people for this important moment. We are really happy that it has come to this moment. We are also conscious that this is the start of a lot of work in terms of modernizing the state so that state and society can be fit to be more efficient, more transparent in that sense; minimize and even eliminate corruption.”

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1 Response for “UNCAC Signed; Acting P.M. Pays Tribute”

  1. Mike G. says:

    Wonder why Mr. Barrow was not there to sign on the dotted line . . really? Medical? or not just wanting to have his name on it. “It no mi.”

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