After all the talks of corruption being uncovered and alleged between the two major political parties it may have gone unnoticed that today is being observed as International Anti-corruption day. Tthe Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a release stating that they stand in solidarity with the world in observing International anti-corruption day 2020 under the theme ‘united against corruption”. The release gave a brief history on the events that led up to the signing of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on December 6, 2016. Robert Lopez, Chairman of the BPM and the PSU in their release stated that the Barrow administration has done everything to delay the full implementation of UNCAC.
Robert Lopez, Chairman, Belize Peace Movement: “Certainly the Belize Peace Movement stands ready and willing and able to assist in any way to get this going because one of the things we need to do in this country certainly is to eliminate, eradicate corruption but also to build investor confidence and even confidence by Belizeans in our economy and in our country. We need to get back on the corruption perception index which is produced annually and Belize has not been ranked for the last twelve years. So we’re hoping that through proper disclosures that Belize can be ranked and our goal, join/partnering with this administration and civil society is to get Belize into the top ten within the next two to three years. Certainly before the end of this term of office for this administration we would like to see Belize in the top ten least corrupt countries in the world- that is something we should aspire to and so that is our goal in the Peace Movement to do everything we can to make sure that there’s full accountability, transparency and disclosure so that Belize can once more join the other hundred and eighty three countries in being ranked.”
The Public Service Union began raising awareness nine days ago on corruption and the fight against it. Today they issued a release stating that the PSU does not support corruption and will do its best to partner with the Ministry of Public Service to inform and sensitize Public Officers about the negative impacts of corruption and the need for its eradication within the Public Service of Belize.