On 9/19/2010 7:00 AM, Michael Astaphan wrote:
This whole issue confronting DAAS and its relationship has to do with transparency in Government. Chris’s comments are fair but when examined in terms of transparency or the lack there of in the governance of this country it is an entirely different matter.
To comment on any aspect of Dominica’s present development policy or lack there of puts you in direct conflict with the powers that be whether you like it or not. For example, how can DAAS or any other organization effectively advise government on it’s present foreign policy when the PM think that he is most qualified to negotiate on his own and the people do not have a right to know; we as a people have to agree that what we are told by a PM whose credibility has been tainted with untruths that the China memorandum, ALBA Agreement and the recent agreement with Morocco is what he tells us.
Any organization with Dominica’s welfare at the core of its role and function if it is serious will require transparency in governance. Where is the right to information that is the cornerstone of transparency. When a government fails to recognize it premier resource which are its qualified and experienced people who is to blame? The Organization??
Only the truth through the right to information of our people will set us free from this political back and forth.