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Dec 11, 2017

1 Year Later, UNCAC Process Up to Date; Everyone Needs to be Involved

On December ninth, 2016, Belize took a historic step by signing its accession to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.  By doing so, it became the hundred and eighty-second country to become a signatory to the UN accord.  In concluding Anti-Corruption Week, a symposium on corruption was held at the Biltmore earlier today.  The gathering of public and private sector participants was the result of a joint effort between the United Nations Development Program and the Attorney General’s ministry.  It’s objective was to provide an update on the status of UNCAC implementation in Belize.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Karen Bernard, UNDP Deputy Resident

“It has been one year since the country signed to the UN Convention against Corruption, the UNCAC.  So in this symposium we want to show people what we have been working on and also get people involved.  We have some of the students that have been in our essay contests, we had some children from our local school to show them a bit about training we do with small children.  So really it‘s about one year after signing the UNCAC, being accountable and showing the country what we’re all doing together under the leadership of the minister and the attorney general.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“As you know, we have been doing Anti-Corruption Week and December ninth was Anti-Corruption Day.  So we planned activities from way back when for this week to culminate today where we have the national symposium where we tell the public where we are in terms of UNCAC, what projects we were engaged in, what projects we completed and what we plan to do going forward and especially with the country review, the country visit that is on the way, that should now occur sometime around the middle of February by Tuvalu and Haiti because they have asked for more time.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now, insofar as the strides that the Government of Belize has made in compliance with the UNCAC, where are we at present?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“We are up to date, and I think this is part of the problem.  When people say we’re going to implement UNCAC, UNCAC is not a thing.  UNCAC is a series of changes in the structures and laws of the country to address and hopefully prevent corruption.”

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