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Oct 25, 2013

Social Partners call on opposition to return to PAC hearings

John Saldivar

Government representatives of the Public Accounts Committee, led by pro-tem chairman John Saldivar, met with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Evangelical Association today where a proposal outlining the way forward was tabled.  While the social partners have requested additional time to peruse and digest the proposal, they are calling for the opposition to resume its role in the committee and the ongoing hearings.  Furthermore, the three senators who are attending the hearings as observers will continue to do so for the remainder of the sessions.


John Saldivar, Pro Tem Chair, Public Accounts Committee

“Very informative meeting, very productive.  As we had said on Wednesday, we took to the wider social partners group, the unions and the chamber, the proposals that came out of the meeting with the Council of Churches on Wednesday.  We also had the Evangelical churches represented in this meeting here today and I also feel that we have made great progress.  The chamber has asked for a few more days to look at the proposal that has been put forward and I believe that by Wednesday we should have a word from them as to whether it’s a go.”


Isani Cayetano

“This meeting, to some extent, can be seen as sort of either mending fences or extending an olive branch based on statements that were made within the business community regarding recent meetings held by the Public Accounts Committee.  Would you say that things are back on track with the relationship between the two entities?”


John Saldivar

“Well, at least we are trying to work with the social partners.  We are trying to keep the dialogue open and I believe we are on the same page in terms of what we want to achieve.  We want to make sure that the Public Accounts Committee does its work, that it functions properly, to examine the public accounts of this country, the expenditures of government and that we can do so in an open and transparent manner with as much participation as possible.  I believe all the social partners present at the meeting today, the Council of Churches, the Evangelical Association, the union and the chamber agreed that the opposition must play its rightful role in this committee and in the hearings that are taking place and have said that they are in agreement that the opposition should come back to the table.  I expect that perhaps by next week they’ll make that call publicly for the opposition to come back to the table.”


Earlier this week, Saldivar met with the council of churches who say their role is to uphold the laws that govern the committee.

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3 Responses for “Social Partners call on opposition to return to PAC hearings”

  1. UDP operates GOB as a stench says:

    Johnny baby, they are just tired of being screwed over by the corrupt UDP.
    They finlly figured out you rigged the process.
    They don’t want to rubber stamp your crap.
    They don’t want to provide any credibility to your criminal government.

    why should they waste their time meeting with crooks,
    when they are about to step in when your government collapses.

    hasta la vista, baby! keep cooking the books, it will be used as evidence.
    your best shot to avoid prison time is to make all the records disappear,
    better over up, just make GOB disappear.

    cat is out of the bag, Johnny.
    the pack of lies are coming home to roost, Johnny.
    got $-!T on your hands, Johnny.

  2. UDP operates GOB as a stench says:

    Barrow has got you working overtime, minister of National security and this stuff.

    must be a slow day at National security to fool with this stuff.

    I guess giving passports to Hezbollah or Al Queda is not a national security problem.

    you did hear about thousands of passports given to people who never been to Belize?
    you did not hear about it?

    what is your latest scandal?
    can’t keep up with crimbinet score card.

  3. Joe Blank says:

    If the Social Partners were going to a function, they would always be late. They should be the custodians of our democracy. But they always seem to be late for everything. Frankly, they mostly act in their own narrow self-interest while our democracy goes down the drain. I am totally unimpressed with them. Gender issues?? Sure, the Church will be there. Anything else, deafening silence!!

    Accountability is finally on the front-burner almost exclusively because of: Channel 5!

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