Chamber Condemns Petrocaribe Sponsored Pibil Party

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has added its voice to those which have condemned the spending of Petrocaribe loan funds for a pibil and tacos party hosted by Area Representative for Collet, Hon. Patrick Faber. According to as press release from the Chamber, they “…emphatically condemns the confessed blatant misuse of the Petrocaribe Loan Funds as confirmed by the Minister of Education Patrick Faber and aired by  multiple media houses on newscasts of June 8th 2015. The minister stated at the Caribbean Shores endorsement convention that he used Petrocaribe Loan Funds to take twenty two (22) busses of his  constituents to Corozal Bay for a beach party, using the said loan money to finance this outing. “ The release goes on to say that “Spending loan funds on a picnic can in no way be seen as investing in our people’s future, and this activity underscores the need for procedures that uphold the principles of accountability, transparency and responsible spending,  particularly in the use of  loan funds.”  The release ends by saying that BCCI remains firm in its resolve to uphold the principle of good governance and calls on the Minister of Finance and on the Government of Belize to act responsibly in its use of those public funds which every single Belizean must repay.

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