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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016. 5:47 pm CST.

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By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has issued a press release indicating that last night at a Special General Meeting the BCCI members voted on two resolutions.

According to the BCCI release, the two resolutions are:

Resolution 1: that Senator Lizarraga shall only participate in the Senate Inquiry into the Special Audit of the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality if it is reconstituted as directed and the Terms of Reference are strengthened.

Resolution 2: that the members of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry shall in the first instance shut down their businesses for one day in protest if the Prime Minister fails to move forward with regard to signing the commencement order for the 13th Senator, appointment and activation of the Integrity Commission and reconstitution of the Public Accounts Committee by the deadlines set within the resolution. The Executive Council is authorized to nominate the date for the shutdown and is directed to return to the membership should there be a need for further actions.

“Both resolutions received a significant majority, meaning that the Chamber’s members have mandated its Executive Council to follow through on getting the Senate to strengthen the inquiry into the Special Audit on Immigration and also to get installed in a timely fashion those governance items which have already been promised, the release explains.

The release goes on to say that the Chamber remains ready to assist and has engaged the Institute of Chartered Accountants to ask them to provide a list of members willing to serve on the Integrity Commission.

“The Institute has since responded that they will need to have a proper consultation with their members and, by vote, seek suitable candidates for nomination,” the release further states.

The Chamber also emphasized that the composition of the Senate Special Select Committee and the items within the Terms of Reference of the Senate Inquiry must be strengthened in order to be seen by the public as a credible process carried out in the best service of the country.

The release ends by saying that, “The Chamber remains committed to its role in installing the necessary measures to strengthen Belize’s democracy, for the sake of creating a predictable business environment in which Belizean entrepreneurs can begin to thrive and create economic growth for the benefit of all Belizeans.”


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