The Cyber Crime Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives today by the Prime Minister. He spoke on the work it took to complete the bill, as well as all the partners involved in drafting it, including his wife, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow.
Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “I rise to introduce a bill for an act to combat cyber crime by creating offences of cyber crime, to provide for penalties, investigation and prosecution of the offences of cyber crime and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental to. This bill has the recommendation of the Cabinet. Introducing it Madam Speaker I want to – this I think is legislation that is long overdue. We’re not seeking to pass it all at once, this must go to the House Committee so that members of the public can have a chance to comment but I think from now I can speculate with some degree of assurance that there will be across the house support for this legislation which I repeat is long overdue. I just want to congratulate all those that worked on this bill. There was I believe widespread consultation, there were special drafters retained and so much effort went into it that it is perhaps invidious to single out any one individual but my wife who is the Special Envoy is sitting immediately in front of me and I’m sure the Leader of the Opposition will understand we both I think occupy that same space of domestic bliss which although strong can be precarious if we don’t behave according to certain rules. In what context do allow me Madam Speaker to congratulate my wife who was certainly one of the moving forces behind this bill.”
The bill is in an effort to fight against cyber crime, so that perpetrators can be held accountable and penalized.