The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a release late this evening following Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s press conference to discuss the Auditor General’s special report on immigration, tendering support to their business senator who voted in accordance with the motion for a senate Inquiry into the immigration audit.
According to their release, the chamber dismisses the suggestion made in today’s press conference that Senator Mark Lizarraga was guilty of misconduct, and stands behind their Senator.
The BCCI also adds that it had attended a meeting with PM Barrow to discuss the United Nations Convention against corruption, in which he suggested the Bi-cameral joint special select committee be appointed in lieu of the Public Accounts committee to review the Auditor’s general report, which the chamber did not agree upon, and would prefer the Public accounts committee at the time.
Therefore, the position of the Business senator going into the Senate meeting was to support the Motion for a senate Inquiry, stating quote “at no point was it represented by the BCCI that any contrary instruction would be given to the Business sector, nor was any such representation requested from the BCCI by the Prime Minister. It was never considered that the discussion was intended to impact the ongoing senate debate. The BCCI left the meeting in the belief that the public would be notified of the outcome of the meeting at today’s press conference” end quote
The BCCI also adds that it considers it improper for Senator Godwin Hulse to intimate to the business senator any discussion conveyed to him by the PM as he is not an executive member of the BCCI and has no authority to instruct the business sector.
The release ends by stating that the business senator voted in accordance with the instructions he received from the private sector and expresses their support for his decision and condemn any attempt to malign the business sector.
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