<Name of UN Delegate>
RE: Address to the UN General Assembly by Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson, September 23, 2008, 3pm
Tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, September 23, 2008, the Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, will address the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations.
I am writing this letter to inform you that Barbados has no laws to limit corrupt practices by government officials, and that the David Thompson government failed to adopt the integrity laws and Ministerial code that they promised would become effective immediately upon their election in January of 2008.
As was the situation under the previous Owen Arthur led Barbados Government, it is still legal for elected or appointed Barbados government officials to receive gifts from the same companies that they award government contracts to. Prime Minister Thompson’s government has not stopped this practice or made it illegal.
There is also no oversight or public accountability into the manner in which the Government of Barbados spends funds that are received from outside agencies including the United Nations and the European Union. For instance, in 2007 the EU provided some $5.83 million dollars to assist with the “restructuring” of Barbados’ sugar industry, but most of this money has apparently disappeared with no visible results or betterment for Barbados.
Prime Minister David Thompson was recently quoted in the Barbados news media as saying that government officials under the previous administration “bizarrely spent millions and millions of dollars” that is now stashed away in foreign bank accounts, however the Thompson government failed to pass the laws to stop this abuse.
It is also true that recent banking and corporate scandals involving ENRON, AIG and others were all facilitated by a lack of effective government oversight of Barbados-based small banks and offshore reinsurance corporations.
When you are asked to provide United Nations funding to Barbados, please consider the lack of anti-corruption laws and poor oversight in Barbados and how millions of dollars intended to benefit the people of Barbados ends up in secret foreign bank accounts. If the United Nations does advance funding to Barbados, I urge you to support an external system of accountability, goal reporting and audits to ensure the monies are used for their intended purposes.
K. Davis per Keltruth Corp.
c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc.
320 S. Flamingo Road #347
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
Details and links to references can be found on the Keltruth Corp. website: www.keltruth.com
- Barbados Nation SECRET ACCOUNTS - alternative link - Quote: “PRIME MINISTER
DAVID THOMPSONis convinced that millions of dollars “bizarrely spent” during the previous Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Administration are now stashed in foreign bank accounts.”
- Barbados Nation ‘Prove it’ - Mottley rebuts Thompson
- Barbados Nation 1/18/07 $5m sugar boost
- ENRON meltdown. Barbados-registered offshore companies were involved in a big way.
- AIG is now in the news. Two Bajan companies were involved there too - Richmond and Union Excess
- Enron, AIG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and today’s Barbados Offshore Companies