Today Cabinet met in Belmopan and two releases were issued out. One of those releases deals with Cabinet’s agreement to accept the recommendation of the Government and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry Working Group on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Government has proposed to sign the UNCAC on December 9 which is the International Day Against Corruption. BNTU’s President Luke Palacio insisted that Belize sign the convention immediately.
“How many international days against corruption have gone since people have been clamouring for this ? It is the Prime Minister who has decided not the Cabinet but he has decided that he was not prepared to sign the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Again they are trying to mislead. We met with the chamber of commerce, the group at least one of the persons involved in this group that is looking at this convention to determine our readiness, they told us the chamber of commerce told us that they do not need three months for the signing of this convention. December 9th is three months away from here so who is playing a game ? We are saying you can sign that convention, ratify it later and that is what we stand by. No we are not saying that we want them to sign on to all 8 but there are some that we believe that they can sign on to and if they do so we are prepared to continue the dialogue. We have said it over and over we are open for discussion with the government but the government cannot continue to be intransigent and expect that the Belizean people will be satisfied. That is not what we are about.”
By December 9, the joint GOB and BCCI working Group fully expects to have determined the scope of the necessary measures, including legislative and administrative measures, to ensure the proper implementation of Belize’s obligations under the Convention after signing.