Embarrassing!

Business leaders troubled by Auditor General’s findings

Two private sector leaders have weighed in on the latest Auditor General report, with one describing the findings as “extremely troubling”, and another saying the reported inefficiencies in Government are nothing short of “embarrassing”.

In his report, Leigh Trotman pointed to millions in outstanding arrears, unauthorized transactions and misplaced funds, which together with a number of flawed contracts between Government and private entities paint a pathetic picture of this country’s public sector administration.

There was also the startling revelation that the accounts of 50 state agencies were not included in Government’s financial statements, as well as other evidence of blatant under-reporting by a number of state entities, in addition to consistent non-payment of taxes and loans by both public and private entities.

President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddie Abed told Barbados TODAY the report also showed just how “sloppy” some state agencies operate.

“I just cannot believe that with the checks and balances, with the high professional standards that we have in a country that boasts that we are the cleanest international business centre around, that it can be so sloppy; that it can be so tardy; that we still have huge financing issues that don’t seem to have clarity. It is to me, extremely troubling,” the outspoken businessman said.

“I hope that both sides can come together, I hope that the Government of the day will take heart in what the Auditor General had to say and absolutely bring clarity to these [issues] because we can’t have issues as large as these.”

The businessman also warned that “with ambiguity comes questions of impropriety”.

“No one is suggesting that this has been the case, but had it been that the i’s [were] dotted and t’s crossed that would never come into the equation,” said Abed.

In a separate interview, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Alex McDonald told Barbados TODAY the report was now an annual review of “a confirmation of things we know can be done better”.

BCCI President Eddie Abed & BPSA President Alex McDonald
BCCI President Eddie Abed & BPSA President Alex McDonald

“It has now become something that while we are embarrassed at it, it seems as if we are not paying any attention to fix some of those issues on a line-by-line basis,” said McDonald.

“So we still see the same types of infringements, same types of infractions, maybe by different agencies and maybe at times from the same agencies, and we don’t see a concerted effort to address the issues publicly and to attack the root causes of the inefficiencies,” he added.

McDonald said however, he did not believe the flaws were deliberate, but had mostly to do with inefficient systems.

“I think many times it is not malice it is inefficient systems put in place, legacy systems put in place that need to be changed and improved because at times we underestimate the amount of work that is necessary to reform technology and process within Government,” he added.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

15 Responses to Embarrassing!

  1. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2016 at 5:37 am

    FOR YEARS THE PERSON THAT ALWAYS KEPT HIS FINGER ON THE ISSUES PUT OUT IN THE AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT IS TALK SHOW HOST MR. DAVID ELLIS.

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  2. Loretta Griffith May 28, 2016 at 5:53 am

    It seems we are rewarding mediocrity.
    The Auditor General needs some teeth.

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    • lester May 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

      if you give the auditor general teeth many a permanent secretary along with politicians will end up in Jail, that is why sucessive governments refuse to bring legislation to give him teeth, to much teifing going on and civil servants are helping them out

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  3. rikard May 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

    That’s why we need that integrity legislation Mr D.L.P

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  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 28, 2016 at 7:10 am

    The Auditor General needs more than just reporting the nonsense. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chris Sinckler should be ashamed.

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  5. Carson C Cadogan May 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

    This is really amazing to me.

    “Embarrassing!
    Business leaders troubled by Auditor General’s findings”

    Up to the last general elections in 2013 business Leaders in Barbados owed central Govt. $640million in various arrears.

    Today is 28th May 2016 and would you believe little of those arrears have been paid to Govt. thus far.

    That in no way is “Embarrassing” for business Leaders in Barbados.

    I dont have to say anymore.

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  6. jrsmith May 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

    This is corruption and fraud of the highest order, in any real democracy lots of people would have been sack a public enquiry put in place, lots of people would have to show they financial records and tax returns ,do politicians pay the taxes in Barbados this would be nice to know…

    What’s now then who is going to put this right Mia was right the vote of no confidence was right on target what did she know. This matter should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet, how long has this being going on in Barbados at lease the world is in the know about our politicians wicked behaviour…

    We need more honest people to come forward the Priminister need to address the bajan people, is the this audit right or wrong. He likes rubbishing people . lets hear the truth…

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  7. recoanthony May 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    FROOMS HAVE NO TIME FOR BAJANS, THATS THE TROUBLE ONE GET WHEN CLEANING OTHER PEOPLE HOUSES AND URS STINK, STINK…..ALL DEM WANT JAIL TIME..NO WONDER SHUCH MASSIVE LAYOFF BOUT HAY AN MORE COMING TOO

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  8. J. Payne May 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Clearly the oligarchy are too comfortable so the Constitution needs some emergency amendments to make the uppers feel their jobs are at stake if this isn’t cleaned up. 1) If over half of the number of discrepancies aren’t clean up before the next year’s report, the Governor General should be FIRED.
    2) If no action is taking on irregularities after two years the government should have to call elections within 90 days. unless the government can produce why results could not be accomplished within that time frame. The Auditor Gen. should have the power to use the Military or Police force to bring people into compliance.

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  9. J. Payne May 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Forward a copy to Buckingham Palace and ask the Queen to use her powers to toss out the worthless administration from power.

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  10. jrsmith May 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    @, J Payne , hail ,hail on the button I made a similar comment yesterday, I think the Governor General has that authority to petition her Majesty’s Government, as for police or military help if the people of Barbados has been harmed or about to me through the political system…this represents any commonwealth country…

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  11. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    The GG collects a cheque for doing NOTHING. Have you ever see a YOUNG-ONE yet ? .

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  12. Carson C Cadogan May 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    “Business Leaders” in Barbados are cherry picking what to be embarrass about.

    When “Business Leaders and members of their families are bringing in loads of illicit drugs into the country they are not embarrass.

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  13. Bernard Codrington. May 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The Auditor general has discharged his responsibility.Whose job is it to correct these infelicities? Certainly not the politicians nor the Governor General. Please do your research and stop writing crap.

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  14. J. Payne May 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

    @Bernard Codrington. For the record, the politicians are the ones who vote on the budgets, and the politicians who sit in Cabinet call the shots as it comes to administration of government functions. Therefore the government should be doing it’s job which it hasn’t. They’re too comfortable knowing they areem. untouchable. So some sense of urgency needs to be imposed to upset this comfort zone that they can do all the wrong they want and nobody can touch any of th

    The Governor-General has the ability to dismiss the government, and again this is something the G-G isn’t doing because it is a case of almost the fox watching the henhouse. So therefore the G-G is watching the crap and not taking action. Therefore the G-G is failing in their duty too.

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