Chairperson, Members of the Platform, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning. May I thank the Jamaica Customs Agency for this invitation to share in your commemoration of International Anti-Corruption day 2018. Allow me to congratulate the JCA for developing this tradition of an annual commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day, a celebration in which countries all over the world partake. Justifiably so, because countries big and small, rich and poor, north, south, east and west suffer along with Jamaica and the Jamaican people from corruption, a corruption in which the United Nations estimates that one trillion dollars is paid in bribes to public officials everywhere, including Jamaica, and that 2.6 trillion dollars is stolen from the global economy according to the United Nations again. No wonder the nations of the world agreed in 2015 that “sustainable development” is not attainable without more effective combat of bribery and corruption….
Corruption is a major driver of poverty, to be sure. But if we are to be serious about tackling this problem, the Corruption Perceptions Index map will not be much help. The biggest cause of poverty in developing countries is not localised bribery and theft, but the corruption that is endemic to the global governance system, the tax haven network, and the banking sectors of New York and London. It’s time to flip the corruption myth on its head and start demanding transparency where it counts.
Once again, and with great reluctance, I have been moved to comment on an issue of national importance in our Federation. The issue of consideration here is the Virdee & Trutschler v NCA Court Judgement released last week that suggests that our Prime Minister may have been involved in certain dealings that could be interpreted as… Read More
Reproduced from: http://evonomics.com/corruption-cultural-evolution-cooperation-bribery/ [with emphasis added, maths corrected] Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions How the science of cooperation and cultural evolution will give us new tools in combating corruption By Michael Muthukrishna There is nothing natural  about democracy. There is nothing natural about living in communities with complete strangers. There is nothing natural about… Read More
“The way of Jesus is thus not a set of beliefs about Jesus. That people ever thought it was is strange, when we think about it — as if one entered new life by believing certain things to be true, or as if the only people who can be saved are those who know the… Read More
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Reproduced from: CONFRONTING CORRUPTION: THE ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM – The TI Source Book 2000 by JEREMY POPE Chapter 21 p 195-204 Download the PDF The emergence of a new class of African businessmen who reject or are not keen to partake in the old system of cronyism, nepotism and self-dealing, and who demand… Read More
By his oath of office a Minister undertakes to carry out his functions in good faith for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and to use his powers only for proper purposes. These are traditionally described as “fiduciary duties”. If he allows his personal interest to conflict with those duties and he benefits from such conflict… Read More