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NGO Senator Speaks on UNCAC

Sticking to the topic of transparency and accountability there is also the matter of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Several times this week our Morning Show segments have received calls from members of the public asking for an update on UNCAC. In one instance it was said that the UNCAC will never fully be implemented by any administration as it could possibly land them in prison. Our newsroom asked Senator Salas to weigh in on the matter.

Senator Osmany Salas, Belize Network of NGO’s: “UNCAC is a convention. It’s an international agreement. UNCAC is not an institution or an organization, it is an international agreement that Belize has signed and ratified so it is supposed to be a guide to ensure that in our country we put legislation in place to strengthen our anti corruption initiatives. So this country already has very good anti corruption agencies and oversight institutions you know so that’s what a lot of people might not realize. We have the Office of the Auditor General, the Office of the Contractor General, the Integrity Commission, the Elections and Boundaries Commission, the Financial Intelligence Unit as examples. These are key anti corruption entities but what they need is to be supported more. They need to be given more human and financial resources for them to be able to do an expanded work they’re doing as well as they can with the limited resources that they have. Now under the UNCAC convention that we signed onto we have the obligation as a country to ensure that we not only strengthen the independence and resourcing of these anti corruption agencies.”