Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020. 9:19 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The Public Service Union (PSU) is inviting all public officers and the public to join in raising awareness on corruption and the fight against it.
On October 31, 2003 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and designated December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it.
As the world prepares to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, the PSU calls on everyone to raise awareness over the next 9 days.
The theme for this year’s international anti-corruption day is “Recover with Integrity”.
The theme this year focuses on COVID-19 recovery through corruption mitigation and emphasizes that inclusive COVID-19 recovery can only be achieved with integrity.
“COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of our health system and public service delivery as myriad cases of unaccountable public funds, inconspicuous procurement processes and maladministration continues to plague our country; corruption has become an interchangeable feature of Government of Belize (GoB) in excess of the last twenty (20) years,” the PSU noted.
Reducing the risks of mismanagement and corruption during the pandemic requires the involvement of strong anti-corruption bodies, better oversight over emergency support and compensation packages, more open and transparent public procurement, and enhanced anti-corruption compliance by the Public and Private Sector.
Furthermore, the PSU calls on the Government of Belize to accentuate this years’ anti-corruption day by adopting or demonstrating through meaningfully actions, the taking of steps to implement those good governance ‘thrusts’ which will put the wheels in motion for the reduction and elimination of corruption in Belize.
Key of which for the PSU is the legislation of a Whistle Blowers Act which ensures support to and protection for whistle-blowers and the expeditious review and passage of anti-corruption legislation in line with the UNCAC.
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