On Tuesday, we told you that the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) had written a letter to the Attorney General’s office about the apparent stall in the implementation of UNCAC. The Prime Minsiter had stated that he had yet to see the letter, but was sure the AG’s office would handle the matter. According to the AG himself, Michael Peyrifitte, BCCI is concerns are unwarranted.
Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize: “It seems like they have to do a statement every Christmas, is it required in their bylaws or something? Anytime they start to feel irrelevant they have to make themselves seem relevant ? Come on, the United Nations has told us it makes no sense for us to engage in any process to further UNCAC or any projects until we have the full report. We’ve received an executive summary as to what their recommendations would be in general but the detailed report will be the one that tells us specifically what they would recommend so that our laws can be UNCAC ready. Before that then what can we do? What would we be promoting? What will be pushing when we don’t know what they will say? Tuvalu and Haiti they have to come in with their final reports and then the UN puts it together, sends it down here- the United Nations Development Program in Belize has told us, they are telling us it make sense we don’t have any project meeting or any other thing until we get the detailed summary and I know the Chamber of Commerce and them they love anything foreign so tell them go to the UNDP and ask them why.”
Reporter: Okay so you have absolutely no idea why the report isn’t in yet.
Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize: “No idea nor any control. Belize is one of the only nations, I think maybe one or two, we have never missed a deadline, we have never done anything that the UN didn’t want us to do and we have done everything that they’ve asked us to do; we can’t do more than that.”