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Feb 7, 2017

Senate Inquiry Must Not Be ‘Exercise in Futility’

Wednesday’s meeting of the Senate Special Select Committee will feature appearances from Edgar Cano, senior immigration officer; ex-C.E.O. in the Ministry of Immigration Candelaria Saldivar-Morter, and one other person. And while Belizeans are anxiously awaiting any new revelations to come out of the public hearings, the Belize Progressive Party is thinking of the long-term and the impact of the Committee’s work on Belize’s immigration apparatus. Chairman Paco Smith explained why the inquiry must not become what he called “an exercise in futility.”

 

Paco Smith

Paco Smith, Chairman, Belize Progressive Party

“We are keeping our thumb on the pulse of what is taking place. It is occurring which is a good thing. Of course as I say the proof is in the pudding as to what comes out of it. We would that this is not an exercise in futility; and it remains to be seen what will happen. But definitely, as part and parcel of the governance process, it is something that needs to take place, and hopefully, those in positions of authority will ensure that it is done transparently, effectively, efficiently, and one day, the Belizean people can look back at the exercise and understand why it was undertaken and see whether or not it was beneficial on the whole.”

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