Daily Archives: December 11, 2006

Grenada Anti-Corruption Legislation – At Least They Are Trying…

Integrity In Public Life Bill and The Prevention Of Corruption Bill Tabled In Grenada Parliament

“Every person in public life listed in schedule 1 of the The Integrity in Public Life Bill shall file a declaration to the Commission included information of his spouse and children. A declaration must be filed annually, on or before the 31st of March each year as long as the person remains in Public life. The income, assets, and liabilities of a person acquired, held or incurred by another person or his or her agent acting on his or her behalf must also be declared.”

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Prime Minister Owen Arthur Says Anti-Corruption & Integrity Legislation Not Needed In Barbados – But The Piggies At The Trough Nominations Say He’s Wrong!

Folks, there are only a few weeks left for “Barbados Piggies At The Trough” nominations and there is a cool US$1000 up for grabs for the nominator of the first prize winner.

We’ve been looking over some of the submissions and we have to tell you – Barbados politicians take a back seat to nobody when it comes to feeding at that old piggy trough.

A couple of them are not only feeding – they have climbed right in!

Can’t hardly wait to start the official review of this year’s nominations… but by all indications, next year is going to be something special after the dust settles from the Cricket World Cup.

Meanwhile, here is the article on the Grenada Parliament’s move to define and curtail corrupt behaviour by public officials…

From Grenada Broadcasting Network (link here)…

GRENADA GOVERNMENT MOVES TO CURB CORRUPTION
30th November, 2006

The Government of Grenada says it is making great strides in preventing corruption in Public life. It has demonstrated its commitment by ratifying the Inter America Convention against Corruption. The Convention has as its aim, the promotion and strengthening of the mechanisms to combat corruption in member states and to strengthen co-operation among them.

The Integrity In Public Life Bill and The Prevention Of Corruption Bill have been tabled in the Grenada Parliament. The Bills were patterned after the OECS and CARICOM models. Through these two pieces of legislation Grenada shall comply with the convention. Today in the Caribbean, debates with respect to corruption and integrity in public life are intense. The action of public officials, governmental bodies and citizens are increasingly coming under scrutiny. There are widespread debates about the way that institutions and individuals should behave in public life. Issues relating to conflicts of interest, the limits of servicing the public, honesty, bribery, receipt of gifts, impartiality are all matters which more and more are being looked at.

The Integrity in Public Life Bill and The Prevention of Corruption Bill seek to uphold the principles of right and wrong in the behaviour of public officers and the general public to provide adequate accountability, thus promoting good governance.

These legislations will be beneficial to Grenada in that it will: • have guiding principles for public officials to follow • enhance the security of the nation • spare public officials embarrassment • increase Public confidence in Government and the Public Service as a whole • improve transparency and accountability by public officials • inspire donor agencies to give more to Grenada once they know that funds will be properly utilised and that legislation is in place to address any wrongdoing on the part of public officials act as a deterrent to officers when contemplating wrong doing.

Under the proposed legislation and An Integrity Commission shall be set up to: receive, examine and retain all declarations; make enquiries; receive and investigate complaints; investigate the conduct of public officers; examine the practices and procedures of public bodies; instruct ,advise, and assist heads of public bodies of changes in procedures; carry out education programmes to better understand standards of integrity.

Every person in public life listed in schedule 1 of the The Integrity in Public Life Bill shall file a declaration to the Commission included information of his spouse and children. A declaration must be filed annually, on or before the 31st of March each year as long as the person remains in Public life. The income, assets, and liabilities of a person acquired, held or incurred by another person or his or her agent acting on his or her behalf must also be declared.

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New BFP Record: We’re Number 44… Out Of 524,000 Blogs Hosted At WordPress.com

We’ve been bouncing in and out of the “Top 100 Blogs” list at WordPress.com for some time, but the highest we’ve ever achieved was (I think) #63.

On December 10, 2006, Barbados Free Press listed at #44 out of 524,000 blogs hosted at WordPress.com.

As we’ve said before, we don’t know if the stats are based upon straight visitors or if the number of comments or other factors are taken into account. All we know is – #44 out of 524,000 isn’t too shabby for a nothing little part-time blog about a small (but beautiful) country named Barbados.

Thanks again, folks!

(Hey… we made #44 on the very day that Dr. Duguid came back and commented at BFP for the first time in weeks. Ya don’t think…?

Nah… couldn’t be!)

🙂

Nice to see you back, Doc.

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