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Dec 6, 2021

Still No Corruption Perception Index for Belize

The Contractor General’s Report also touches briefly on the Corruption Perception Index and the fact that Belize does not have such an important indicator to refer to when assigning a transparency data point. According to the Contractor General, the CPI must be viewed within the context that the Government of Belize is keen on fast-tracking outstanding work, particularly projects that have high economic impact. He goes on to say, quote, because Belize is pregnant with such major transparency issues, it’s more incumbent that any attempts to circumvent good practices be avoided. There is no substitute for decency, and the public perceived good governance, unquote. Earlier today, the media caught up with Minister Henry Charles Usher whose portfolio includes public service and constitutional reform.

 

Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Constitutional Reform

“That’s a damning indictment on the previous administration that not only was there no transparency index, but they almost, you know, prevented Transparency International from even coming into Belize and doing its work. So I think the Contractor General is on point there and in terms of the ministry that I have the portfolio of, the Constitution and Political Reform, we’re putting together a good governance unit. That unit should be in place very soon and that unit will be dealing with all of these issues having to do with anti-corruption, having to do with transparency, having to do with UNCAC, having to do with anything having to do with constitution and reform and so on. So that unit should be in place soon and that will be the focal point for all of these issues.”


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