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Nov 22, 2017

Education the Key as First Anniversary of UNCAC Approaches

Belize is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the signing and accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption on December ninth, World Anti-Corruption Day. The government devoted a press release in September to the strides made in implementation but there is still much work to be done. But part of that work is the ongoing education campaign targeting our youngest, and in the run-up to the first anniversary, the Chamber has some activities planned as outlined by C.E.O. Kim Aikman.

 

Kim Aikman

Kim Aikman, C.E.O., Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“The signing of the Convention is a signature; it doesn’t mean that we sign today and tomorrow corruption stops. It is a process and all of us needs to be engaged in this process – every single citizen needs to be engaged to be able to call out and identify what is corruption. There is an implementation committee and the Chamber sits on that committee, and we are looking at the gap between the legislative framework necessary and what we currently have and that process is going on right now. There is also the education process and leading up to the first anniversary on the ninth of December, there will be several things happening. We will be having a jingle competition; an essay competition; we are actually going into the schools to educate students on what is corruption. So it’s not that we signed and everything stopped; there is an ongoing process.”

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