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Mar 11, 2020

PM Barrow Responds to N.T.U.C.B.

Marvin Mora

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize met on Saturday to discuss the Prime Minister’s response to the good governance demands made by the Congress. The Congress, earlier this year, wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, making several demands including the immediate allocation of a substantial and adequate budget for the UNCAC and for the Integrity Commission. President of the N.T.U.C.B. Marvin Mora says that the Prime Minister has committed a significant budgetary allocation for the Integrity Commission. But overall, Mora says that the response was not fully satisfactory.


Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“The N.T.U.C.B. even though we have seen some movements we are not really satisfied in full with what he has presented. So we will continue having this dialogue with the Prime Minister. As I explained to you he has already updated us in some of the movements that they are willing to make. For example he has already indicated to us that there is a significant allocation, an increase actually for the Integrity Commission which he has already forwarded to the N.T.U.C.B. and should be tabled in the next House meeting I guess.”


Hipolito Novelo

“In terms of that significant increase, was it mentioned how much? And we know that in the past there were issues in appointing members, specifically the chair of the Integrity Commission.”


Marvin Mora

“There have been some issues in regards to the appointment. However the Prime Minister I believe he made an offer for the N.T.U.C.B. to have a seat on the Integrity Commission which we did not request but it is in the direction of what we actually want. But also, the increase of budgetary allocations is really quite significant. I am not really sure about the figures but I think there was a hundred and something thousand that has been in place. I think that has been doubled. I am not entirely sure about the figures but that is the way I recall from the top of my head.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What about budgetary allocation for UNCAC?”


Marvin Mora

“I am still not sure because I have not looked at the details. Those will be discussed with my executive committee and also my general council when we have a meeting again.”

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