Town hall meeting to address transparency, anti-corruption

Town hall meeting to address transparency, anti-corruption

The Nassau Guardian 

(May 18,2018) NASSAU,BAHAMAS- While commending the government for several milestones in transparent governance over the past year, such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) workshops; the enactment of the whistleblowers provision; and the introduction of the Integrity Commission, Fiscal Responsibility and Ombudsman bills, a consortium of civil society groups is pressing for greater progress and inclusion on these initiatives and is rallying Bahamians together in a town hall meeting to discuss how to create greater transparency and fight corruption in the nation.

The groups are calling for swift, full enactment and implementation of the FOIA, greater public consultation, progress on the Integrity Commission and Ombudsman bills and the development of a whistleblower protection framework, amongst other transparency and anti-corruption reforms.

They invite the public to voice their corruption concerns and learn more on steps toward greater transparency at a town hall meeting to be hosted by the Coalition to Save Clifton on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at BCPOU hall.

The town hall meeting will feature remarks from Fred Smith, QC, of Rights Bahamas; Matt Aubry, of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG); and a presentation from Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB), the local contact for Transparency International, on the results of their 2017 Corruption Barometer research, which measures both perceptions and experiences of corruption in The Bahamas.

“Transparency, openness, accountability, freedom of information – these are the foundations of democracy and the first steps to combating the corruption which undermines our society, threatens our rule of law and erodes trust in political institutions,” said Rev. C. B. Moss, chairman of the Coalition to Save Clifton.

“This is an issue of empowering the people to hold government accountable. It is about our rights."

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