Guyana commended for anti-corruption and good governance initiatives

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, July 28, 2017

The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commission and Anti-Corruption Bodies commended the government for taking “bold steps to combat corruption and promote good governance in the public life”.

Chairman of the Association, Eugene Otuonye, commended Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in a letter dated July 24 for these efforts. He said the Association is “delighted” that the government has acknowledged the plea “of well-meaning Guyanese” to crack down on corruption in public life.

Otuonye also commended the government for reactivating the dormant Integrity Commission of Guyana. “No doubt they will augur well for people of Guyana and contribute to regional and global anti-corruption efforts,” he said in her letter.

Otuonye pledged the Association’s support and assistance to the government’s efforts. “We…wish you well in this courageous endeavour,” he added. An invitation was also extended to Guyana to have its Integrity Commission become an active member of the Association.

Prime Minister Nagamootoo is leading the constitutional reform of the county which aims to strengthen integrity legislation. The integrity legislation has been presented to the Cabinet for consideration.

The government has allocated $36M in the national budget towards constitutional reform in 2017. Prime Minister Nagamootoo laid the Constitution Reform Consultative Commission Bill 2017 in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission Bill 2017, provides for the establishment of the Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission. The Bill seeks to support the Government goals of reforming the Constitution to the point where it is more inclusive, democratic and transparent, removing all anomalies.

 

By: Tiffny Rhodius

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