“The building sector in Anguilla is essentially lawless and unregulated. The Building Code is a long-standing joke. It exists only in the minds of shameless members of the Building Board. There are no published standards or regulations. As with Barbados, the Code is applied depending on the whim of whichever functionary you are dealing with. My fear is that it might come to be so, also, with public procurement.” … Don Mitchell at Corruption-Free Anguilla blog.
“Building Sector Lawless And Unregulated” – That Sounds Like Barbados!
On February 15th past, the Chairman of T&T’s Transparency International, Victor Hart, gave a speech to the Institute of Structural Engineers where he spoke about corruption in the procurement process of public construction projects.
It is about time that Barbados had a Transparency International chapter, but I don’t know where we would find the leaders who would stand up in public as does Mr. Hart.
Our friend Don Michell of Corruption-Free Anguilla blog has written an excellent piece on Mr. Hart’s speech and government procurement. Well worth reading.
Here are some excerpts from Corruption-Free Anguilla’s article Procurement
(Mr. Hart) reminded us that corruption damages our country by causing the undertaking of projects which are unnecessary, unreliable, dangerous and over-priced. This can lead to loss of life, misuse of funds, and resultant poverty, economic damage, and underdevelopment.
Corruption damages companies. It results in uncertainty and wasted tendering expenses. It increases project costs. It reduces project opportunities. It causes extortion and blackmail. It contributes to money laundering. It can result in criminal prosecutions, fines, blacklisting, reputation risk, and resultant job losses.
It damages individuals. It causes reduced morale, induces a sense of hopelessness in industry professionals…
Transparency and accountability are the main antidotes for corruption. It takes our architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, building, plumbing and electrical contractors, and related professionals becoming conscious of the problem. We need them to come together to join the fight against corruption. As Mr Hart points out, the advantage for them is that they will not spend time dealing with the consequences of a playing field that is not level because of corruption in the procurement process. The result will be increased peace of mind, job satisfaction, and levels of productivity and profitability.