By Aaron Humes: The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was signed in December of 2016 and Belize has completed its review by other nations.
Now, says Attorney General Magali Marin-Young, it is time to implement legislative measures that will satisfy its implementation.
It is “a little unreasonable” of the trade unions, the A.G. told reporters, to expect the enacting of such measures overnight considering her Ministry’s constraints, but they mean well, and they are joined by all Belizeans.
“It is a convention; it is not a piece of legislation that we simply import into Belize…a country then, has a duty to take legislative measures to implement the aspirations under these conventions and that’s what we are doing; that’s what good governance [is,]” she explained.
Concerning the review, which had seen some delays, she stated that our review report on the laws and good governance measures has been prepared and now we are on the timeline for laws like a whistleblowers’ act, civil asset recovery, unexplained wealth orders and campaign finance reform among others.
She concluded, “I think we are very much in keeping with what the unions want, and what we all want, really; at the end of the day, every Belizean wants good governance.”
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