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