Watch out for dirty businessmen, says former anti-corruption czar

If there are corrupt public officers in Barbados, they are being facilitated by dirty private sector businessmen and women who are prepared to bribe them for favours.

That caution has come from Jamaica’s former contractor general Greg Christie, the anti-corruption czar who held the position between 2005 to 2012.

Addressing the topic, The Role, Benefits and Deficits of the Jamaica Contractor General Construct – The Governance Perspective today during the Barbados Stock Exchange’s annual Corporate Governance and Accountability conference at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Christie was emphatic that corruption was not a public sector problem alone.

“The phenomenon of systemic corruption is, without question, significantly related to poor standards of leadership, governance, accountability and transparency in government,” he said, adding that “systemic corruption is a phenomenon that is also closely associated with certain societal considerations, such as low social, moral and ethical values, as well as poor governance standards within the private sector”.

According to the attorney, “grand corruption in public procurement, in any country, cannot take place without the direct complicity of actors in the private sector”. He therefore suggested that regional private sectors “must begin to effectively co-own the problem of public sector corruption, and, in particular, the bribery of public officials, and view it as a serious corporate governance deficit”.

And in an ominous warning, the Jamaican told the room filled with company executives and corporate attorneys, that left unchecked, corruption “leads to human rights violations, steals political elections, distorts financial markets, reduces investor confidence, and increases the price of goods and services”.

Moreover, he said it “undermines or destroys confidence in critical public institutions, and enables organised crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish”.

Christie, regarded as an aggressive regulator in Jamaica who investigated several high-profile entities suspected of bribes and underhanded deals in the procurement of Government contracts, insisted it took two hands to clap when it came to corruption.

In this connection, he called for tough laws to hold the entire private sector to the same standards expected of those in the state apparatus.

“Voluntary cooperation, however, by only some private sector entities, will not go far enough if corruption in public procurement is to be effectively tackled throughout the region. I would respectfully submit that a level playing field to comprehensively confront the issue of corporate bribery must be sought.

“Regional governments should give serious consideration to modernising their anti-corruption legislative frameworks, to include an anti-bribery component that directly addresses bribery that is committed by representatives of business entities.”

Christie also dismissed suggestions that corruption in a country was driven by bureaucracy in the public sector. Instead, he argued that it was greed rather than attempts to sidestep bureaucratic delays.

“The simple point that we should grasp is that the fight against public sector corruption is unlikely to succeed without a targeted focus upon private sector bribery.”

Several local business leaders have been highlighting the scourge of corruption in Barbados with emphasis on reports of vote buying during the last general election and the award of contracts by state entities.

Source: (IMC)

35 Responses to Watch out for dirty businessmen, says former anti-corruption czar

  1. Alex Alleyne September 21, 2017 at 11:30 pm


  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 21, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I more concern about dirty politicans

    • Michael Parris
      Michael Parris September 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Politicians aren’t half as corrupt as them public servants

  3. Judy Skinner
    Judy Skinner September 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Agreed. It takes two….

  4. Francia MATTHEWS September 22, 2017 at 1:31 am

    This is nothing new, been happening for years.

  5. BIGSKY September 22, 2017 at 3:20 am

    This is the norm in Barbados now,some with big name like WOLF does these underhand things everyday.You sign up for one thing to pay X and when the bill comes you are paying Z.Another issue I have with some of these businesses are that, when you are in default you are charged for it, but when the matter lies with the company, the customer is bathe in long sweet talk but not compensated.

  6. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli September 22, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Wow what a smart comment……. it always takes 2 to tangel in good and in bad so watch out for bad eggs in general

    • Duane Burke
      Duane Burke September 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

      My saying is two hands to clap. Follow the money and stop it at source.

  7. Patrick Cozier
    Patrick Cozier September 22, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Duane Burke, this will peak your interest.

  8. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke September 22, 2017 at 6:09 am

    More than Patrick Cozier.

  9. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke September 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I have been saying this for a while. The focus should be going after the Bribor (The corrupt businessmen) rather than the corrupt politician. When there are elections and Government changes the only thing that changes is the name on the cheque. It does not stop Boardroom Bandits.

    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke September 22, 2017 at 6:17 am

      By the way corrupt politicians don’t only function with the businessmen they also carry away money allocated to do work within their own ministry . That has no businessman link . All want locking up . Full Stop

    • Duane Burke
      Duane Burke September 22, 2017 at 7:15 am

      This is where the Prevention of Corruption Act and whistle blower Legislation comes in.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Danny Clarke Agree one hundred percent.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Don’t go after dirty corrupt politicians you joking if politicians don’t accept or allow bribery to flourish then others won’t have no one to bribe.Politicians control taxpayer monies among many other things that affect citizens make laws and the list goes on but let’s be real nothing gine change in Bim too damm entrench.

    • Duane Burke
      Duane Burke September 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I did not say not to go after politicians. I said the focus should be Bribors. When you arrest Bribees another one comes the Bribor remains. The Prevention of Corruption Act and whistle blower Legislation, if implemented, will deal with the Government official side. So I am saying go after all but focus on the Bribor since it will stem or curtail most.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Duane Burke Ok thanks for the clarification and I’m agreeing with you.

  10. Andrew Simpson September 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Any individual, government official or private company to whom bribery or corruption can be associated should be publically stripped of all assets.

  11. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

    It is not only the businessmen that dirty.. Don’t half talk we…

  12. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott September 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Some folks only hear the sound ” all aboard ” and go jump in the wrong Ship……. If the “architecture of the system” is corrupt- face it , we have to blame the designers ( the legislature). To get through this system you have to conform one way or another. Business men already have their profits calculated , marked up and guaranteed . The administrators/facilitators in the system simply ensure that these profits are reduced in some way;somehow.

  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Good speech very true but the slimy shady dealings entrench in Barbados and ain’t gine be stop anytime soon.

  14. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson September 22, 2017 at 7:21 am

    BIM has had the WORST decade of it…..

  15. The Negrocrat September 22, 2017 at 7:32 am


    “It is not only the businessmen that dirty.. Don’t half talk we…”

    “I more concern about dirty politicans”

  16. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown September 22, 2017 at 7:36 am

    It’s about time somebody told the truth, it takes 2 for the corruption to happen; the people also share in the blame. When citizens realized they are dealing with corruption politicians why do they continue to vote these people back in office. There have been a lot of bribes going on in Barbados for almost the last 8-10 years, yet the current administration still in office. There is no way half of these private sectors in Barbados now will have been these 20 years ago. What is also ridiculous is, 20 years ago Barbados econmony was a lot better.

  17. David Reece
    David Reece September 22, 2017 at 7:41 am


  18. Donild Trimp September 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

    @ Alwin Ellis – “I more concern about dirty politicans”

    @ Carol Grant Cumberbatch – “It is not only the businessmen that dirty.. Don’t half talk we”

    Imbecilic thinking from the above two posters.
    The following statement from the former anti-corruption czar should mean something to you two imbeciles.

    Quote: “The simple point that we should grasp is that the fight against public sector corruption is unlikely to succeed without a targeted focus upon private sector bribery.”

  19. Rasheed Hope
    Rasheed Hope September 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

    These people are ways behind.

  20. Rasheed Hope
    Rasheed Hope September 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    What about the politics people only coming around to help when it’s time to vote

  21. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles September 22, 2017 at 10:45 am

    We should be looking for the clean business men, they’re harder to find

  22. Ivana Cardinale September 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Nothing new! Corruption exist ever since the English invaded, sacked, and filled with slaves the island

  23. Carson C Cadogan September 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Well said.

    The private sector corrupts public sector officials with bribes and kickbacks, greased hand, especially here in Barbados. Then they pretend that all the corruption is in the public sector. How else do you explain how certain white companies are always getting all the big contracts.

    It is well known that customs officials are paid by certain members of the private sector to hold on to other companies goods in the port so that they would spoil. Hold on to their imported reconditioned cars to favour the established car companies.

  24. Belfast September 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    in John 8.7 Jesus had an answer to this. ” Let him who is without etc etc………………”

  25. Carson C Cadogan September 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I am wondering if CHARLES HERBERT is reading this article. It ought to be required reading for him and his private sector.

  26. Jus me September 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Listen Idiot Cadogan.
    Go write another piece like you penned
    Supporting Champion Chris!!

    In Barbados, a corkscrew is straighter
    than any politician and well you know it.

  27. Erica September 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    What can I add, when all the comments were pretty much on target. I don’t know if these people can be stopped because from the many comments it seems as if the ugliness goes way up high. I say maybe a hurricane destroying their happiness and bringing them to their feet. And even that will not scare them enough to make changes. Therefore, all we little people can do is to pray and hope for the best.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *