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Jan 8, 2018

Inspectors on the Way for UNCAC

Michael Peyrefitte

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, was all the chatter among the unions and government’s social partners in late 2016, following the eleven-day strike effected by the Belize National Teachers Union that October.  The one-year anniversary of signing on to that accord was commemorated in December and strides are being made for government to complete the process.  That includes a working visit by representatives from Haiti and Tuvalu, also signatories to the UN Convention, to evaluate and assess Belize’s progress thus far.  Earlier today, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte provided a brief update.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“We are still waiting to hear from UNDP but we are fully expecting them to come still, either late January or early February.  That’s our expectation, that’s what we have prepared for and that’s we want to happen because we want to get the process going.  We know the Belizean public is antsy about UNCAC, as they should be, but it’s a process and we only control so much of that process.  The last time I was told about a week or so ago, the translation was still not fully completed for Haiti to get their documentation in order and Tuvalu had still not provided much of its experts that it would be sending to Belize.  But we keep telling UNDP and the UNODC that we are fully ready, I have informed all ministers of government, all C.E.O.s, everybody that they must be ready and available for when these inspectors do come from Tuvalu and Haiti.”

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