“The effect of the new laws which were proclaimed would have been to create a legal means for those accused persons to escape a trial and oblige the Court to have made a verdict of not guilty. The JCC deplores such an intended result in this matter as being contrary to good order and seemingly intended to promote the notion that white-collar crime pays.”
Given the specific assurances given to the Parliament as to the pre-conditions to the government’s intended proclamation of this new law, the role of the President in assenting to these particular clauses at that particular moment of national celebration and maximum distraction is a matter for serious concern.
Publish the Bernard Report now
The JCC is repeating its call for the immediate publication of the full Report of the Bernard Commission into the Piarco Airport scandal.
Implement the Uff Report recommendations now
The JCC is calling on this administration to implement the Uff Report recommendations now as promised in the 2010 election campaign. The JCC completely rejects the position of the Minister of Justice that the Joint Select Committee on Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property is handling that implementation process. Only one of the 91 recommendations of the Uff Report has any relation to the work of that Joint Select Committee, so those need to be implemented now.
If this administration is serious about attacking the wave of white-collar crime which is drowning our country, the Uff Report recommendations will be implemented now.
Public Procurement reform now
The JCC is renewing its call for the immediate implementation of a new Public Procurement system to eliminate the waste and theft of Public Money. This administration campaigned on a promise to implement the new Public Procurement system within one year of the May 2010 election, so we are way overdue for those new laws.
The JCC and its colleagues in the Private Sector/Civil Society group have submitted a complete DRAFT BILL to the Joint Select Committee, so that needs to become law now.
If this administration is serious about attacking the wave of white-collar crime which is drowning our country, the DRAFT BILL on Public Procurement and disposal of Public Property as prepared by the Private Sector/Civil Society group will be immediately tabled in Parliament for debate and enactment
In this, our nation’s 50th year of independence, our Parliament re-convened during its vacation to approve Financial laws on the request of a foreign government.
The JCC is calling for Parliament to be reconvened for the immediate correction of this gross error in proclaiming this new law.
The JCC is also calling on this administration to make the passing of new Public Procurement laws an urgent priority.
Thank you for your support on these important issues of national development.
Afra Raymond, BSc, FRICS
Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry
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