UN Convention Against Corruption – Barbados Seminar Update

A few items of interest concerning the United Nations Corruption Seminar being held this week at the Accra Beach Hotel and Resort. The seminar is being held to discuss the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and is organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“Abuse of Public Office Now Widespread In The Region” – Former T & T PM

Seminar attendee and former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, A. N. R. Robinson, says “abuse of public office is now widespread in the region…”

Real Jamaica Radio report here.

Barbados Attorney General Marshall – “Barbados Plans Legislation Shortly”

From the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation website: “Mr. Marshall says government abhors corruption in both the public and private sector, noting that it plans to put legislation in place to effect this shortly.”

Barbados Free Press asks Mr. Marshall “How shortly is shortly?”

Ho-hum. We will try not to get too excited about the Government of Barbados making yet another announcement of anti-corruption reform. Mr. Marshall will have to pardon the doubts of Bajans who have watched his government and their associates feed at the trough for twelve long years.

And that is the point, Mr. Marshall… What is the big rush with anti-corruption legislation now? Could it have anything to do with the impending election and the fact that Bajans have reached their tolerance for government corruption?

As one of our friends mentioned last night…

“Barbados has no anti-corruption or conflict of interest legislation on the books, but that has suited the Owen Arthur Government just fine for the past 12 years.”

Ok, Mr. Marshall – we will give you a chance to show you mean business when it comes to accountability and transparency…

Please post your proposed anti-corruption legislation on the internet so all Barbadians can read and comment on the specifics. And, oh yes, also please post the Annual Report of the Auditor General of Barbados for the last ten years.

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