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Attorney General says Chamber has ‘no understanding’ on UNCAC process

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 1:45 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Last week, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) wrote to Belize’s Attorney General, Micheal Peyrefitte to express their discontent with the slow pace of the implementation process of the United Nations Convention on Corruption (UNCAC).

The chamber described the process as a ‘winding path of bureaucracy’ and added that they are deeply concerned about the lack of progress on the status of the UNCAC implementation.

On Monday, Peyreffitte responded to the chamber by saying that they have ‘very little to no understanding of the UNCAC process”.

Peyreffitte also issued a lengthy statement bashing the chamber and stating that it is a transition process.

“ It is alarmingly surprising that the B.C.C.I. views this mechanism as a slow and winding path of bureaucracy.  As you are well aware, Belize is viewed as a State Party with an economy in transition and as such our participation in the mechanism is an attempt to fill the void where we lack capacity and would require technical assistance to assist us in overcoming the challenges to implementing such a complex international instrument,” the Attorney General said.

Peyrefitte also said that the BCCI is unaware of the process and their statements demonstrate their ‘misinformed position’ and an ‘inexcusable lack of knowledge’ of the implementation review mechanism.

 

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