Proprietor of OD Brisbane & Sons, Jerry Brisbane, has indicated he will be writing to the United Nations (UN) about issues affecting Dominica in light of a statement released yesterday by the UN to mark International Anti-Corruption Day in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders across the world to denounce corruption and institute measures to combat the vice “in line with the United Nations convention against graft”.
Brisbane signalled his intentions to the media about writing the UN on similar sentiments after presenting a petition to President Nicholas Liverpool this morning.
He defended his decision to write letters to the European Union and other donors in which he raised concern about the way Dominica uses aid money.
Minister for National Security Charles Savarin had called for Dominicans to boycott Brisbane’s business as a result of these letters as government officials accused Brisbane of trying to stop donor countries from providing aid to Dominica.
“I have absolutely no regret and in fact I am now considering and even writing the UN – so that’s something that I may even do very shortly because I am sure you would have seen a UN report that has come out on corruption and different things. Ban Ki Moon… has come out on a report and Dominica is definitely going to the next level…” Bribane said to the media this morning.
He also stated, “I will explore all avenues at this point in time to get the message out to the world that Dominica…is not being runned in the way that it should be runned.”
Ban had said that corruption “distorted markets and hindered economic growth”.
“Corruption acts as a hidden overhead charge that drives up prices and erodes quality without any benefit to producers or consumers. Preventing corruption makes good business sense. Increasingly, investors are factoring not only environmental, social and governance considerations into their decision-making, but sound ethical performance as well,” Ban added.
The petition, which attracted just under 4,000 signatures, is requesting the removal of Labour Minister Charles Savarin for calling on the public via a radio programme last month to boycott Brisbane’s company, OD Brisbane & Sons after Brisbane sent letters to international organisations expressing issues with Dominica’s use of aid money.
Savarin accused Brisbane of accusing donor agencies to stop funding to Dominica but the businessman said nowhere in his letters asked that funding be stopped.
Speaking to journalists about the matter this morning, Brisbane said Savarin’s call to boycott a local business is not a good example for investors.