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Barbados: Integrity in Public Life Bill clears Lower Chamber

Parliament has passed the Integrity in Public Life Act (2020) meant to deter and punish corruption by politicians and senior public officers, as well as chairmen, and high-ranking managers of state-owned enterprises.

Held up for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reviews of a select committee, debate on the legislation resumed on Tuesday and was piloted by Prime Minister Mia Mottley in the House of Assembly. She labelled the anti-corruption legislation a significant development in the island’s governance.

It comes after the unprecedented conviction of former St James South MP Donville Inniss in the United States on money laundering charges that involved an insurance company and a state agency.

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