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GOB: We did not boycott Public Accounts Committee Meeting

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017. 5:54 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) issued a release just now informing the public that they didn’t boycott the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Meeting on October 26th, 2017.

According to the release, the first meeting of PAC to consider the Auditor General’s Report 2012/2013 was held on August 27th, 2017 and was attended by all members from both sides.

“At that meeting, the schedule for the next three meetings was set along with the terms of reference for how the report would be handled.  The scheduled meeting of October 12th was called off at the request of the Chairman, Hon. Julius Espat,” the release further states.

The release goes on to say that the government side asked for a postponement of the meeting scheduled for yesterday, October 26th, because two ministers reported they were down with pink eye and another minister came down with the flu.

“It is customary that when Ministers give advance notice that they are unable to make a meeting, the Government side tries to find other Ministers to deputize on their behalf.  In this case, the notice of the absences was received last minute so the Government side was unsuccessful in finding substitutes.”

Yesterday it was expected that the Auditor General would be present to answer questions directly, and it was felt that the Government side would not have been doing the nation justice if there was only one Minister representing the Government side. Thus, the Government side thought it would be best to request that the meeting be called off.

The next scheduled meeting to consider the Auditor General’s Report 2012/2013 is November 9th and the Government side is expected to turn out in full force.

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