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Gov't serious about implementing Integrity in Public Life Act - Premier Fahie

- details several benefits of the proposed legislation to VI’s Good Governance
In December 2020, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said his administration remained serious about ensuring that the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Code of Conduct in place as well as all the necessary foundations to put such systems it in place. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie in a January 12, 2021 statement, said the act will also have several benefits the first of which he says will support good governance by providing a buffer against corruption in public affairs. Photo: GIS/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie in a January 12, 2021 statement, said the act will also have several benefits the first of which he says will support good governance by providing a buffer against corruption in public affairs. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021.

In December 2020, Premier Fahie had said his administration remained serious about ensuring that the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Code of Conduct are put in place as well as all the necessary foundations to support the legislation.

Bill provides a buffer against corruption - Hon Fahie 

Hon Fahie in a January 12, 2021 statement, said the act will also have several benefits, the first of which he says will support good governance by providing a buffer against corruption in public affairs.

“By reducing or eliminating corruption in public affairs, citizens get better value for their tax dollars. Anti-corruption legislation gives a higher assurance of fairness and that investors or contracting companies will not be frustrated or extorted,” he said.

According to the Premier, the Integrity in Public Life legislation will also provide an objective framework for shedding light on allegations of misconduct by public officials and will strengthen local institutions so that they can perform more independently and objectively.

“Integrity legislation demonstrates the maturity of a people to ensure that their Governance is conducted according to the highest standards. When Governance is conducted with integrity, it helps the people to have confidence in their Government,” Hon Fahie went on to say.

Bill will also guide promotions in public office 

Further, the Leader of Government business noted that by posing as a barrier to corruption, Integrity legislation facilitates fair competition and rewards based on merit and it also applies to appointments and promotions in the Public Service. 

He said senior public servants will be prevented from abusing their powers to interfere with appointments and promotions in the local public service. 

The Bill will be introduced in the House of Assembly by Hon Fahie, with an overall goal of strengthening the Virgin Islands and its institutions through Good Governance.

The Bill went before Cabinet for recommendations on December 18, 2020.

17 Responses to “Gov't serious about implementing Integrity in Public Life Act - Premier Fahie”

  • Equivocation (12/01/2021, 15:09) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    So when the governor spoke of corruption it was aggressively asserted that it does not exist here, but now we need to introduce legislation to reduce or remove it?
    • The Watcher (12/01/2021, 15:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      corruption must be reduced to acceptable levels....this will probably help...officials should be restricted to one corrupt deal a year....
  • Actions not Words (12/01/2021, 16:20) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need Actions. Not words. Anything else is just hot air.
  • salers (12/01/2021, 16:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    fahie your thoughts and plans are good but before you get all these things done you have to make some swept of somr of your hads of department who are just there occupying a space and is not go ing to help implement the rules and the governments agenda. you have to through the human Resources departmrnt see out some of these people and problems and help to clear the road to Good hovernance. Andrew very good you are doing a good job. continue to pray and ask God to help you and some day one day the relationship between England, london, Britian what ever uou wanrt to call it will work out
  • The real ones (12/01/2021, 17:10) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Hope this bill covers the governor and police commission
  • BuzzBvi (12/01/2021, 19:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just puff like the scooter riders should wear helmets and obey the laws law. Or the low tints in car windows law ignored by all including the in lots of Government vehicles. Just talk to get from under the watchful eye of the UK and corrupt business worse than usual. Or the no smoking bars but lets open up a smoking bar law.
  • Jackie (12/01/2021, 19:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope this includes the injustice done to me at the Post Office. Am just saying
  • Servant of the Most High God in Christ Jesus (12/01/2021, 19:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is very easy to pass an anti integrity and an anti corruption bill in the HoA. But the rearky hard part is enforcing it righteous values to benefit our people, especially poor. Finally we have openly admitted that corruption is rampant among us, but do we have the courage to face and win the war upholding integrity and against corruption? Honestly, many of us doubt so. But if we are really serious, please allowed me to tell us where best to start and continue: God's holy Commandments, recorded in a Volume Book called the Bible. I have set before you good and evil, life and death. Chose life...
  • one rule (12/01/2021, 21:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This must include the whites in the governors office
  • enforcement (12/01/2021, 21:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Insist this is implemented and enforced with penalties at ALL LEVELS REGARDLESS OF AFFILIATION.

    Far too many have voiced valid concerns without anything being done as a result of who knows who, who related to who, who has something over whose head, etc.

    A library of laws for display without enforcement is pointless.
  • Yeah Right (12/01/2021, 23:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry, can't stop laughing over here. So if your consultant does the deal for you and takes the kick back on your behalf does it still count???
    Or if you help the company but then they employ people from your district in return (even though they aren't located on the same island) does that count?
    Or if you're helping a "Brother" does that count??
    What about giving permission for something in return for using a companies you have underhand links with, does that count?
    Or donations to the Party who then pay your people, does that count?
    Or giving your mate a deal for a study on a Govt program?
    Or leases for buildings at over inflated prices for Govt offices with contracts that are longer than needed, does that count?
    Any Minister filled out the Registrar of Interests??

    OK then. Walk the walk before you trying talking with hot air.
  • serious? (12/01/2021, 23:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So serious about implementation that the act in question is from 2003 (Integrity in Public Life Act), the Honourable Fahie spoke on it during Territory Day celebrations in 2017 and yet several other acts were passed as priority before this one...

    It's more likely that it was a priority for the Governor who called out corruption recently and mentioned the act in last year's Speech from the Throne, and has applied pressure...

    Y'all ain't serious at all.
  • eyes (13/01/2021, 07:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The st Lucian at HMP the most (quid pro quo) with his promotions and ab****** leadership style.

  • GG (13/01/2021, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funny how this headline has so less comments. Nevertheless, am waiting to see how well Fahie will talk or take action in these matters, within the Government Offices.
    • cnn (14/01/2021, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If this does not cover these racist governors and us sent police chief then the law will be the biggest joke
  • @CNN (15/01/2021, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Certified Jack*** are you to believe all Individuals that represent the UK are racist. They are simply doing their jobs, but it look like it going take the QUEEN to come down here and tell you’ll that. I know anyone would be upset if someone on their case for doing their JOB. The BVI is not INDEPENDENT..... come out of the mentality that this land belongs to BVIslanders ONLY..... because it does NOT!!!!!
    I guess it going take the Queen writing a letter to the BVI that states . “Dear Premier or Speaker of the House or w
    WHOEVER IT IS HELP FUND THIS PRESENT GOVERNMENT, the Governor and Commissioner both represents the UK and carry out the duties handed down by us the UK, which is why I need you to leave them do their JOBS”

    What will it take ??


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