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NASSAU, New Providence, (April 9, 2017) – With Parliament to be prorogued on April 11th, 2017, this administration has all but lost its window to enact important legislation like the Freedom of Information Act 2017 (FOIA) ahead of elections. The coalition of 22 civil society and private industry groups which working tirelessly on this legislation urges this government to gazette and enact FOIA 2017 as soon as possible to avoid a repeat of the 2012 Act, which was never implemented due to a lack of enforcement date. The coalition includes: Citizens for a Better Bahamas, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Nassau Institute, ReEarth, The Organization for Responsible Governance, Save the Bays, Waterkeepers Bahamas, The Press Club, It’s Our Turn, Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association, Bahamas Federation of Retailers, HeadKnowles, Civil Society Bahamas, The Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Rise Bahamas, Young Marine Explorers, We The People, BREEF, Our Carmichael, The Coalition to Save Clifton, BREEF, and Citizens for Justice.
FROM Tribune News Network By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business [email protected] full article here. The 75 per cent increase in the fiscal deficit for the four months to end-October 2016 shows “a staggering and alarming” absence of fiscal responsibility, a leading governance reform campaigner believes. Robert Myers, a principal with the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG), told Tribune Business that the $67 million increase in the deficit for the first four months of the 2016-2017 Budget period provided further evidence as to why the Bahamas needed a Fiscal Responsibility Act. Emphasising that the Bahamas’ fiscal and debt woes are “not going to fix themselves”, Mr Myers said restrictions had to be placed upon the Government to ensure it spent taxpayers’ money in a responsible manner. That is exactly the problem. The lack of fiscal responsibility is staggering and alarming,” Mr Myers replied, when informed by Tribune Business that the Government’s $157.5 million deficit for the four months to end-October 2016 was more than 50 per cent higher than its full-year projection.
ORG Statement on Interception of Communications Bill 2017 NASSAU, New Providence, (February 13, 2017) – The quiet tabling of the Interception of Communications Bill 2017 last week in the House of Assembly is deeply worrying to The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) and not only for its contentious content but also for the manner in which it was introduced. As an organization that values transparency and participatory governance, ORG finds it problematic that a bill of such dire implications was introduced so quietly to Parliament, without being made available for viewing or consultation from the public and other stakeholders. Similar bills around the world have gone through open development phases in which the government solicits input from the public, consults with experts and openly conducts the appropriate investigations and research to develop a bill that best serves both the people and the security of the nation. Countries like Australia, The United Kingdom, Nigeria, and Hong Kong all released whitepapers ahead of drafting a bill to encourage feedback and participation in the development of the bill.
The Campaign for the Bahamas is a rallying cry to fight for a positive and sustainable future for our country. Our mission is to unite Bahamians through positive change and the only way for that change to happen is if we stand together and ensure our collective voices are heard.
By ROBERT MYERS We have perhaps witnessed one of the most controversial US Elections of recent history. Donald Trump’s upset victory defied the odds - disaffected voters turned to the polls in droves to make their disapproval of the status quo very clear. Across the western world we are seeing a call to return power to the people in populist movements that span the spectrum from the far-left Pirate Party which caused an uproar in Iceland to the right-leaning ‘Brexit’ voters who shocked the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is increasingly clear that the political status quo is under pressure to change or be changed.
NASSAU, New Providence, (November 1, 2016) – The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a not-for-profit civic foundation dedicated to improving Accountability, Education and Economic Development in The Bahamas, congratulates Dionisio D’aguilar on his recent decision to seek political office. Mr. D’Aguilar, as a member of ORG, has long embraced and promoted the principles of fair, transparent and participatory governance. These are recognized to be essential traits for an effective public servant. ORG, as a nonpartisan and apolitical membership organization, welcomes all current public servants and candidates seeking office that publicly commit to the tenants of Good Governance into our ranks.
NASSAU, New Providence, (October 31, 2016) – In reaction to the postponement of tabling of the revised Freedom of Information Bill 2015, Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), an apolitical non-profit organization advocating for open, accountable and responsible governance, has urged the government to not lose sight of the important legislation and has pledged to redouble efforts to educate the public on the issue. In a statement to press on October 24th 2016, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, who has responsibility for the passage of FOIA, announced that the tabling of the revised Freedom of Information Bill would be postponed. The statement read: “It was initially intended to have the [Freedom of Information] bill tabled in the House of Assembly late October 2016. However due to the unforeseen setbacks caused by Hurricane Matthew, it is likely that the bill will be tabled before the end of the year.”
Campaign for The Bahamas E-Newsleter: Issue 1 October 21, 2016 As a supporter of The Organization for Responsible Governance we invite you to read ORG's Campaign for The Bahamas e-newsletter, to learn about ORG's efforts and how you can play an important role in building a brighter future for The Bahamas. Your voice matters, so please get informed and get involved!
EDITOR, The Tribune THE Organization for Responsible Governance extends every hope that everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew is safe. As we shift our focus to recovery as a nation, we encourage the Government to heed the lessons gained from last year’s disaster relief.
ORG Continues to Urge Passage of Strong, Fair Freedom of Information Act – Encourages Public to Participate
NASSAU, New Providence, (October 3, 2016) – The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for open, accountable and responsible governance, in tandem with a coalition of 17 other civil society and private industry groups, is continuing to urge the swift passage of a ‘True’ Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as the date grows nearer for the final version of the bill to be introduced to Parliament.