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Jan 13, 2021

Social Partner Senators React to G.O.B.’s Good Governance in Belize Motion

Osmany Salas

Reacting to the Government’s Good Governance Bill were three social partners senators. While they applauded the government for tabling such a motion, they also have concerns and criticism of what the motion contained. 

 

Osmany Salas, Senator of N.G.O.s

“I think it is a good thing that this motion is being tabled here today and do intend to support because it commits the government and it puts on the record what they intend to achieve over the life of this administration. Granted, the wording could have been fine tuned. I will point several areas where the wording could have been different. But the spirit of what is intended, we must support and I must say that it is consistent with a joint declaration that three of the social partners signed on to a few weeks before general elections.”

 

Elena Smith

Elena Smith, Senator for the Unions

“That as the N.T.U.C.B. discussed this motion, we were in a way pleased with what is before us, but we had much concerns as well and so I want to share both of those positions.  When we look at the first section of this motion, like number three which says uphold and defend the Constitution and Laws of Belize. We know that should be happening so this is not anything new to any particular government, or any particular party. This should be the norm. So we were a bit not sure why in this motion coming before us it had to speak particularly to the PUP or PlanBelize manifesto.”

 

Kevin Perera

Kevin Perera, Senator for Private Sector

“I am glad that the government has stated its intention in the motion in terms of the types of reform it intends to carry out through its term. I think earlier on Madam President than the then administration had carried out. I was also very involved in the Finance and Audit Reform Act of 2005 and I think you know that reforms are the easy part, bring the bills and passing the in the legislature is easy. The difficulty is to ensure that the intention of these reforms, or these proposed changes materialize.”


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