By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has issued a press release stating that they stand behind their Business Senator, who voted in accordance with their instructions to support the Motion for a Senate Inquiry into the Immigration Audit.
According to the press release, the position of the Business Senator going into the Senate Meeting was to support the Motion for a Senate Inquiry and that it was improper for Senator Godwin Hulse to intimate to the Business Senator any discussion conveyed to him by the Prime Minister as he is not an executive member of the BCCI and therefore lacks the authority to instruct the Business Senator.
The Business Senator voted in accordance with the instruction he received from the private sector, which comprises the BCCI and the Belize Business Bureau and they fully support his decision and condemn any attempt to malign the Business Senator.
The press release also states that on August 31, 2016, the BCCI attended a meeting with the Prime Minister, at his invitation, to discuss the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
“The BCCI participated in the meeting in good faith, and several decisions were made by the Prime Minister which aligned with BCCI’s campaign, including an agreement to have the Government sign unto the UNCAC. During that discussion the Prime Minister suggested that a bi-cameral Joint Special Select Committee be appointed in lieu of the Public Accounts Committee to review the Auditor General’s Report,” asserts the release.
The release goes on to say that the, “Chamber agreed that such a committee would be preferred at this point, since changes needed to be made to the House and/or Senate Standing Orders to reconstitute the Public Accounts Committee, but with the agreement from the Prime Minister that the PAC would also be reconstituted in line with the BCCI’s recommendations, including the requested Minority Report.”
The BCCI also commended the Auditor General on the Department’s production of the report on the Immigration Audit which noted that serious issues exist within the department which must be addressed.
The release ends by saying, “We expect to fully and energetically participate in the Special Select Committee through our representative, and await the opportunity to have it fully ventilated in the public domain.”
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