Getting around online, removing paperwork can curb corruption in the public service
Removing some of the heavy “red tape” that hinders the free flow of business can help reduce some of the corruption observed in the civil service.
This was the view shared by At-Large Territorial Representative and Deputy Commerce Minister Shereen Flax-Charles during a recent House of Assembly session.
Telling a personal anecdote, Flax-Charles said she had previously been offered a bribe in exchange for speeding up a businessman’s business license application to the Commerce Department.
But the first-term lawmaker said she refused to accept the offer. Instead, she suggested that the person get the permit legitimately.
“I remember saying to that person, ‘My dear, I neither endorse nor deny business licenses. I don’t even see these business licenses when they come to [the] To exchange [Department]. ‘ There is a process, ”she said.
She then urged lawmakers, as people in authority, to remain honest and be careful not to fall prey to such cases.
“They watch him from [perspective] that i need to get this thing fast, time is money. “How do I get out of the system without having to go through all this bureaucracy?” Flax-Charles said of the people making such illegal offers.
To remedy this, she said the government’s mission is to ensure that the services it provides are consistent and prompt.
“This would eliminate many of the challenges we face and that is why we have to put everything online,” explained the junior trade minister.
She added, “It takes a lot of the chances out of people saying, ‘look, I need this, I’m going to give you $ 1,000’. Because the process itself will be transparent and we wouldn’t necessarily need to have someone, I would say, who disrespects that official, that official or that politician.
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