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Apr 19, 2018

A Conference on Drafting Legislation and Policy Development

A two day law-making conference opened today in Belize City. The event was organized through the Office of the Attorney General to help build capacity within government ministries. Michael Peyrefitte explained that his office is swamped with drafting policies and the workshop will improve the skills and knowledge of policy makers. The forum is being held under the theme “Sound Policy for Better Law” and includes a number of sessions and presentations on the drafting of legislation, writing cabinet memos and policy development. Peyrefitte explains how it will make a difference.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“At the AG’s Ministry, a big part of what we do is to draft legislation and to get the ideas and suggestions from the public and from the departments to the policy makers, so we can decide what laws to pass and what laws not to pass, rules and regulations. What we are trying to do at the AG ‘s Ministry is to equip as many public service as we can to help us with that process. We want to train them and to standardize how we do cabinet papers, , how we propose legislation,  how to write legislation and what we are trying to do is a first step in many steps to try and assist them so that they can assist us in making our job easier.   We have a legislative drafting department within the AG’s Ministry headed by Mr. Albert Edwards and he is over-worked. The department is overworked and it wasn’t until this year that we finally got a full complement of all the people that we needed for the division. But everything is a legal issue and every Ministry, whenever they have a question, they want to pass S.I’s, put something in the gazette, draft for the house of representatives and the senate, stuff that goes to the Governor General, all these things are done under the Ministry of the Attorney General. So, this is something that we do every day.  So, when you have for example, the Minister of Human Development would come to me and say they want to pass a law that says ABC, normally what would happens is that he would inform me as the AG, I would inform Mr. Edwards that this is the concept that they want to capture. Mr. Edwards would then contact their CEO, the group of people gets together and you sit down and have these sessions and then you try to iron out what you want to accomplish. What we want to do here today, we want to equip, for example, the Ministry to at least bring the process up to a certain point on their own.”

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