Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre – 13th Mar 2013

Capitol News 13 March 2013 – British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, said it is critical for Guyana and the other members of the 54-nation grouping to live up to the core values of the Commonwealth, one of which is good governance, this, as Guyana observed Commonwealth Day.

He said an important part of good governance is the rooting out of public corruption.

The Ambassador’s comments came against the backdrop of the Public Sector Commission’s response to the last Transparency International Corruption Index Report. In that report, Guyana scored  28 points out of a possible 100, to be ranked 133 out of 176 countries that were assessed. The lower the number, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be.  

Ambassador Ayre said, with the signing of the new charter which sets out the Commonwealth’s values and commitment to equal rights, member states could face sanctions for breach of the Commonwealth core values.

He said the charter comes at a time when human rights and democratic values are being demanded vocally by citizens of the grouping.

The Government of Guyana has dismissed the Transparency International’s Corruption Index Report with Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh saying, that the Government has taken significant and commendable measures to strengthen its institutions and legislation that fight corruption.

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  • Deen  On 03/14/2013 at 9:28 pm

    Guyana is addicted to corruption. And where there is addiction there is usually denial. Of course Dr. Ashni Singh and the Guyana Government would try to deny, dismiss and discredit the Transparency International Corruption Index Reoprt which was impartially conducted and clearly showed Guyana’s shameful ranking in corruption.
    Guyana scoring 28 out of a possible 100 points and ranking 133 among 176 countries should be taken very seriously rather than with an arrogant defence. Dr. Ashni Singh saying the Guyana “Government has taken significant and commendable measure to strengthen its institutions and legislation that fight corruption,” is laughable. It’s what I would call ridiculous rationalization. If there is any truth in what Dr. Ashni Singh is saying, let him show us the proof, show us the statistics, Show us how the drugs activities are decreasing, show us where the incidence of bribery and corruption is lower,
    If Dr Ashni Singh has a good hand, let him place his cards on the table. Don’t try to bluff us with words.
    I suggest the Guyana Government take the corruption report seriously and work diligently to combat the sickening epidemic before Guyana’s increasing corruption become incorrigible.

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