2019 Auditor General Report Provokes a Yawn

Search BU Archives for ‘Auditor General Report‘ and page after page of results will be the result. Again in 2020 the blogmaster will do his bounden duty and post the 2019 Auditor General Report.

A scan of the 110 page report immediately caused the blogmaster to yawn. The yawn was not intended to be disrespectful of the Auditor General’s report, his is an office that appears to be diligent in carrying out its assignments.  The yawn was triggered by the sense of a same old same old feeling, here we go again. We have an office of the Crown continually exposing blatant flouting of government’s financial rules and government after government do nothing to right the wrongs. Whether Barbados Labour Party (BLP) or Democratic Labour Party (DLP) it continues.

Fact: Parliament and its several Working Committees do not function as intended in the governance system we practice. What are the people to do except to rebel at some stage? Our dysfunctional governance system brings into play what is unfolding in several USA cities. At some point Barbadians will be moved to do the same when we reach the tipping point. At this point the blogmaster opened his eyes from having a dream that promised so much.

 

 

 

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  • Call for account at BWA

    Stories by Sanka Price

    sankaprice@nationnews.com

    Those responsible for contracts agreed to by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) that breached its financial and procurement rules should be held accountable, says Auditor General Leigh Trotman.

    His recommendation comes after his office conducted an audit of the BWA’s procurement practices between 2010 and 2018. It found that of the $1.49 billion in goods and services which the Authority sought to acquire, about 90 per cent of these arrangements did not go out to public tender.

    Also, 70 per cent of the contracts entered into by the BWA for the multimillion-dollar Smart Meter Project were signed by the then chairman with no evidence in the minutes of the BWA’s board that the other members had given their approval.

    The chairman for much of the period under review was Dr Atlee Brathwaite.

    In short, there was an absence of the full involvement of the board in these significant projects, with the previous chairman taking on the responsibility of the board, stated Trotman in the 2019 Auditor General’s Report, which was laid in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

    “Our review indicates that the Authority has entered into several contracts that have the potential to increase its operational costs beyond its capabilities. It is my understanding that some of these contracts are being renegotiated,” said Trotman.

    He added: “These projects raised a number of concerns about contracts and their management at the Authority. There seemed to be little or no adherence to the Authority’s procurement rules and a lack of sufficient financial and technical analysis of proposals prior to the selection of suppliers of goods and services.

    “The manner in which a number of thesecontracts were initiated and awarded lacked transparency. In the majority of instances, there was no tender process, and there was inadequate information for determining how the contracted amounts were arrived at, or how the procurement process was initiated.”

    The Auditor General substantiated this conclusion with several examples. For instance, he noted that without going to public tender, the BWA entered into twocontracts with a firm

    which made an unsolicited proposal for the extraction of water at Groves, St Philip. His office requested information on the origins of the submission and on how the contract prices were derived, but at the time of completing the report, the information was not provided. These contracts were:

    to investigate, abstract and supply water to the Authority at a cost of $68 719 670.55 over 15 years at an estimated average cost of $4.58 million per year. This contract was signed on November 19, 2012.

    to design, finance, engineer, supply, install, erect, construct and commission pipelines, pumps and tanks for chlorination facilities in order to facilitate the collection of water from the subject wells to receiving tanks, and deliver said water to the BWA’s receiving mains at a cost of $12 878 463.40 over an 84-month period. This contract was signed in 2015 (the day and month were missing from the contract).

    Board meeting

    “Based on the minutes of the board meeting held on the 12th January, 2012, the manager, engineering, noted that there was no indication as to how the cost in the proposal had been arrived at. It would have been expected that a thorough financial analysis of such large proposals would have been provided to the board prior to the award of thesecontracts. In the absence of this analysis and a lack of competing bids, the reasonableness of this project could not be determined,” wrote Trotman.

    The report also pointed out two instances where the BWA paid the contractor the full amount of the contract price, either before the goods were delivered or there being evidence that the service was performed. In both instances, the previous chairman, who had a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the BWA, authorised the payments.

    Of all the cases cited, it was the awarding of contracts under the Smart Meter Project which attracted much of the Auditor General’s attention. The audit found that, with few exceptions, the BWA did not comply with its procurement procedures or those it stated it had adopted from the Financial Management and Audit (Financial) Rules, 2011, in relation to the award of these contracts for this project.

    The audit found there was no public tendering for the purchase of 16 400 smart meters totalling $4.90 million from one company, while the tender for the supply of 98 800 other smart meters was

    awarded to one company for nearly $23.5 million. It was subsequently assigned to another firm for around $25.4 million. However, no benefits were given for this additional price adjustment. In addition, 100 000 meter boxes were also brought in for $4.40 million, but to this date never installed.

    These meters were to be part of the BWA’s plan to automate the meter reading process and improve its accuracy. However, this has not been realised because a critical component of this process is the acquisition of encryption codes for the meters to facilitate reading of the information.

    Presently, the supplier of the meters and the BWA are in dispute in respect of the codes.

    The BWA is indicating the codes were part of the original contract and should be provided by the supplier without any further payment, while the supplier contends the contract was only for the supply of the meters, so the encryption codes must be paid for separately.

    Source Nation newspaper

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  • Page 17 of the report makes for light entertainment.

    Selection of Attorneys
    3.6 The review revealed that some attorneys/firms engaged by the SOEs were selected by Cabinet, others by the Board of Management and/or the Minister responsible for the SOE. However, the Auditors were not provided with a clear basis for the selection of the legal counsel by these agencies/authorities. The engagement of the attorneys/firms was stated to be due to the absence of legal counsel on staff at some agencies; and the complexity and volume of legal matters to be dealt with, for others.
    Basis for Fees
    3.7 The total amount of fees reported as paid by the entities who submitted information was over $7 million, with the amount of fees paid to individual attorneys/firms, ranging from $500 to $4 million for work done over the review period. Generally, there was an absence of evidence to indicate that the basis or rates/fees paid to the attorneys were agreed on prior to services being provided.

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  • Another attorney was engaged as the legal counsel for the SSA in June 2009 after being selected by the Minister of the Environment. This attorney was paid the sum of $1.04 million with respect to the drafting and perusing contracts and other legal matters, during the period he was retained by the SSA. No evidence was presented to indicate that the rates/fees were negotiated before the services of the attorney were engaged. Furthermore, no documentation was provided by the SSA to support the terms and conditions of his particular engagements.

    The attorney was also paid $1.13 million, inclusive of VAT, for “legal fees with respect to service provided to the Sanitation Service Authority relating to a contract for the Design, Build, Operate, Finance and Transfer of a Leachate and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant”. This payment was made directly by the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, during the financial year 2015/2016, from the funds approved by Parliament for the SSA. The legal fees submitted were calculated as three percent (3%) of the contract amount of $32 million. No evidence was presented to verify that there was consultation with the attorney with respect to the legal services and fees before he was engaged. Furthermore, no evidence was provided to indicate what service was provided by the attorney.

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  • This comment refers to the Barbados Water Authority. Sound familiar?

    Tender Process
    4.4 Of the BDS $1.49 billion in goods and services which the Authority sought to acquire, it was observed that approximately ninety percent (90%) of these arrangements did not go out to public tender. This was in breach of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) procurement rules and the Financial Management and Audit (Financial) Rules, 2011, which have been adopted by the Authority. These require a tender process for the acquisition of goods and services costing more than BDS$200,000. There was no certainty about the origins of a number of these bids as no evidence was provided to indicate that they were requested by the Authority.

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  • Protective Meter Boxes
    4.8

    BWA entered into a contract with a Company on the 5th December 2014 for the supply of one hundred thousand (100,000) water meter boxes at a cost of US$2.20 million. The payments to this Company were initiated by the previous Chairman writing to one of the Authority’s banks, instructing that the funds be paid into the Company’s bank account. This was an unusual occurrence as payment for goods was normally carried out by members of the Accounts Department after certification that the goods were received.

    4.9 The Director of Engineering and the Technical Advisor to the Board indicated that to install this particular type of boxes would require the meters being disconnected and reinstalled, a time consuming and costly process. This would indicate that the acquisition of these boxes was not carefully thought through. For the last four (4) years these boxes have been stored in an open area at the Belle Pumping Station. This large expenditure has so far not resulted in any apparent benefit to the Authority.

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  • BWA Conclusion comment:

    Conclusion
    4.15 BWA is operating in an environment of water scarcity and aging infrastructure that needs replacing. It is also operating with limited financial resources and, as a result, must use its funds prudently. Our review indicates that the Authority has entered into several contracts that have the potential to increase its operational costs beyond its capabilities. It is my understanding that some of these contracts are being renegotiated.
    4.16 These Projects raised a number of concerns about contracts and their management at the Authority. There seemed to be little or no adherence to the Authority’s procurement rules and a lack of sufficient financial and technical analysis of proposals prior to the selection of suppliers of goods and services. The manner in which a number of these contracts were initiated and awarded lacked transparency. In the majority of instances there was no tender process, and there was inadequate information for determining how the contracted amounts were arrived at, or how the procurement process was initiated.
    4.17 The rationale for payment to the Firm for consultancy services has not been explained and there was no evidence of any service being provided. Appropriate legal action should be taken on those responsible for this transaction.

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  • Do not forget to connect the dots, Barbadian taxpayers are paying. This is the blogmaster using his best language.

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  • This is BWA’s response to the AG, tissues anyone?

    Barbados Water Authority’s Response
    While the findings of the Barbados Audit Office have highlighted short-comings and weaknesses in the business process of the Barbados Water Authority for the contracts and period under review, they noticeably reflect the failings of proper corporate governance.
    In all instances where the Auditor General has expressed concern, there is a clear path as to the level of decisions made or directives issued where management has had to comply in relation to contract implementation that have all been executed beyond that of the Senior Management Team – sometimes without due regard to the procurement and tendering process. Having said that, some decisions made in context were proffered on the basis of significant urgency and limited funding.
    We believe that this assessment is geared toward establishing and maintaining an operating and governance framework that provides reasonable assurance that:
     The Authority’s assets are adequately and appropriately safeguarded.
     Current and future transactions are conducted in an
    environment of transparency that reinforces responsibility and accountability, and aligns with established policies.

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  • There is evidence of some effort to bring Audits of SOEs and other government departments up to date BUT…

    #NIS

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  • (Unquote):
    The rationale for payment to the Firm for consultancy services has not been explained and there was no evidence of any service being provided. Appropriate legal action should be taken on those responsible for this transaction. (Unquote).

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    And who is going to initiate legal action? Who is going to be the “complainant”?

    Why shouldn’t the current administration seek to recover any monies or ensure the appropriate tax treatments (both VAT and income tax) have been applied?

    Is this the same administration which had to ask ordinary people -including the users of the BWA and SSA services- to make additional contributions to pay for these downright cases of deliberate raping of the coffers of these SOEs in collusion with the political class?

    Is this going to be swept under the political class of friends and family carpet -just like the previous “financial infelicities”- by those who have a lot of talk and backchat for the EU blacklisting and see nothing wrong in defaulting and with continuing the begging for more financial cocaine from the IMF?

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  • Maintaining professionalism in state owned enterprises (SOEs) is challenging. Barbados Today Online of June 4, 2020 reports on the Auditor General’s Annual Report for financial year ending March 31, 2019. The paper highlights his findings on legal fees paid by SOEs over an 11 year period with focus on whether 37 SOEs implemented systems to facilitate the procuring of legal services from attorneys or firms in a cost effective manner. Significant deficiencies were found in the the 8 SOEs subjected to further review with $10.9 million paid to 34 attorneys/firms deemed to be done under questionable circumstances.

    Even when the right procedures are followed, matters can be influenced by subtlety and unstated understandings. Parameters were established for the hiring of attorneys. A bill for hundred of thousand of dollars was submitted by an attorney who had previously justified payment for a similar amount. That claim was rejected by the Committee. The new claim was justified by him changing the terms of his contract. An internal audit recorded minimal action on the trustee accounts held by the attorney. The entity refused to pay. The attorney sued me and the Committee and continued to refuse arbitration. Eventually a settlement in the $10,000 was paid.

    The Committee determined I was out of order when I sought information and advise about the section relevant to tenders in the Financial.Management and Audit Act and from the Audit Office.

    While blacks in America fight white entitlement and prejudice, in Barbados we fight societal entitlement and prejudices. You can break through the artificial wall but must conform or else.

    Nothing will change because there’s no buy in for change.

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  • @David

    I will only make one comment on this to avoid warming over old milk.

    I have seen no current audited financials presented to the public in any form of media for any of these institutions since government has changed. I can only draw the conclusion that it will be business as usual.

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  • @ Blogmaster
    Is the Dullard being moderated?

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  • @ John A

    To be fair, how do you expect to see current audited financial statements when this administration inherited a situation where, and as indicated by previous Auditor General reports, financial statements for some central and quasi government departments for previous financial years remain outstanding because they have either not been prepared and/or presented to the Auditors?

    The NIS and Transport Board immediately comes to mind.

    I also remember you ‘discussing’ on another blog, the difficulties you perceived government entities may encounter in preparing outstanding financials and suggested they should use current financial data and ‘start from day one.’

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  • The BWA FS for FY2010 to FY2014 were laid in the Parliament on October 22, 2019 and are on the parliament website. So Artax’s view seems to make sense.

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  • I don’t know why you’re getting so upset.

    Barbados entered a period of chaos and decline with independence. Just like almost all the other former colonies. We cannot seriously expect a society that until the 1960s consisted almost entirely of plantation workers to mature into human civilisation within a few years.

    We should give the Barbadians at least 500 years to mature from the current state of wild tribalism to human civilisation.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The remote read meters used to be recorded on the bill every month. Within recent times they are read every other month. My consumption, due to daily outages, is down to minimum or basic and I am paying more for water not consumed.

    At least we should be receiving better service and more accurate billing. Where are they?

    When will the AG’s concerns be addressed? What kind of response is that that you uploaded, David? Is that a management response to the infelicities highlighted?

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  • @Vincent

    From a customer service perspective you are correct. However the old problem is recurring- how can we take the findings of the AG to the next level . There is obvious mismanagement and corruption at play here. WE the taxpayers continue to pay for it while a few get rich.

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  • @ Artax

    It wasn’t me that said the financials would be brought up to date on these entities ” as a matter of urgency.”

    So far 2 years later we haven’t heard of one being brought up to date. At some point someone will have to make a decision if to continue to fight with the back years, or go in and do an opening audit. I find to be here 2 years later unacceptable in that it doesn’t seem any decision even has been on the way forward.

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  • I experienced continued pressure to complete audited financial statements. Despite on going organizational changes by 2016 financial auditors completed 13 audited financial statements while other auditors completed 4 internal (procedural) audits. large asset based entities will require a team to prepare accounting schedules For the auditors but it’s doable.

    I have a masters and a post masters qualification. These limit my expertise to particular fields. In reality, qualified people have limitations and in some instances some are quite dumb. Common sense, exposure and experience with a qualification is the best mix for those who have and can move Barbados forward. One should also not discount the contribution made by field workers, technicians, tradesmen and salesmen, etc. Wage workers gave yeoman service to Barbados after independence. Tron the industry in our motto built Barbados and workers pride in a job well done and not themselves contributed to its advancement.

    The verdict is still out re how well the degree people ran their leg of the economic growth relay.

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  • @John A

    Under the last government Chairman resisted the suggestion the NIS should take the hit by taking a note on the financials by skipping the problem years.

    What say you?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 11:06 AM
    Both exercises ( Unfinished past audits and current year audits) can be done simultaneously by two different teams. The monthly financial reports/ accounts should have left a good paper trail. Accounts can be reconstructed. Were both the engineering and financial departments asleep on the job? Just asking? Things like um really brown. We cannot blame exogenous shocks for failure; the internal shocks are worse.

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  • @Vincent

    Sensible reasoning supports your view, it begs the question why are we unable to fix the problem!!!

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  • David @BU. …..why are we unable to fix the problem!!! Maybe for a similar reason, there was a resistance to the installation of security cameras at the airport and seaport in certain restricted areas. I wonder why there are no named attorneys in these matters? If all is above board and can be justified, by all means, name those benefiting from the public largess.

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  • @FearPlay

    We have discussed this at length through the years, exhaustively.

    It takes two hands to clap.

    The public sector cannot engaged in corrupt behaviour by itself. We are all complicit.

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  • @ David June 5, 2020 11:52 AM

    We would like to put it to you that a major factor contributing to the ‘inability’ of those ‘culpable’ SOEs to produce audited financial statements is the extent of fraud which could have taken place.

    How else can the lack of audited financials for the NIS operations (a money handling entity) can exist for such a long period and whose rectification was promised by the numerous chairpersons with vast experience and certification in the field(s) of management and finance?

    Clearly, it cannot be a direct result of the lack of the relevant technical expertise either in-house or in the ‘professional’ market!

    The situation with the BWA is just a red eye-opener of what lies right across the SOE’s field of financial mismanagement and infelicities.

    To modify, slightly, a phrase coined by Hal A out of the UK: Barbados is clearly at the ripening stage of becoming a failed state of a banana republic.

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  • @Miller

    This is the public service. Some BU commenters do not like criticism to be directed at this sector. What does it say if we cannot manage a system to hold Permanent Secretaries et al accountable? We may not be as educated as we like to hype ourselves.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu at 1 :52 PM

    The AG complains about his department being understaffed. But he needs to do more follow visits and send more written reminders to the Accounting Officers and Head of the Civil Service. He needs to use more swasion’

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  • We should pay ministers and senior civil servants exclusively with government papers. If they fail and the island goes bankrupt again, they’ll go into financial ruin. Believe me, it’ll give these people a run for their money!

    All kidding aside. Isn’t that what the Chinese from the IMF criticized a few days ago: the lack of cost management in the SOE sector?

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  • @Vincent

    You are saying the AG needs to do more to create greater awareness to the shortcomings preventing his reports from being actioned?

    You are serious?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    I believe that the Auditor General has a large measure of protection from political interference under the Constitution.

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  • @Vincent

    This could explain why his department is being squeezed of resources through the years.

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  • @ John A

    I agree with you the situation is “unacceptable in that it doesn’t seem any decision even has been on the way forward.”

    However, how do you believe ‘government’ would go about ‘motivating’ managers/accountants of the SOEs, who neglected to prepare the financials ‘in the first place,’ to prepare statements for previous financial years and update the accounts?

    Preparing monthly and annual financial statements is ‘standard operating procedure.’ As such, I don’t believe Ministers, whether they’re BLP, DLP, SB or PdP, should have to micro-manage government entities under their respective portfolios, into preparing them.

    It seems as though the Accountants get a ‘free pass’ from the Director for neglecting to prepare financials, who in turn gets a ‘free pass’ from the Chairman and Board of Directors, all of whom gets a ‘free passes’ from the Permanent Secretary.

    What is ridiculous is the fact that after repeated warning in AG’s reports for the past several years, under both BLP and DLP administrations, there hasn’t been any PM or Finance Minister that were brave enough to ‘force’ SOEs to comply with government’s financial regulations.

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  • @ David

    Every year the NIS goes on unaudited the less relevant the old years get. To me I would do an opening audit based on its assets at market value and not booked value, clean up their receivables and go forward from there.

    It is useless saying you have $4B in booked assets when you may only have $2.5B at market value. Plus all the useless paper from Sinkyuh also needs to be revalued based on the restructuring as well.

    My concern especially now is that we have a NIS many claim is sound, but when you asked them sound based on what, there is no response.
    Do an open audit, book the assets at true value and take you licks and be done.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Correction. Suasion not swasion. These coders need to come to school in Barbados. I am tired correcting spelling and and verbs.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Yes. David BU.

    Even in the Private Sector where external Auditors can be removed by BOD on recommendation of management, Auditors can exercise a lot of power if wisely used.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A at 1 : 50 PM

    I agree with you. The past cannot be undone. We ought to deal with the present and stop the rot. Going forward we should apply the rules of proper financial management rigorously. There is little to gain by trying to undo the past. The costs exceed the benefits. That is the economist perspective.
    Politicians,Lawyers and Accountants may have different perspectives. I would not disagree with them.

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  • @Vincent

    It is the political gamesmanship that makes it so difficult to solve problems.

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  • @ Vincent.

    The correct thing to do from the accounting side would be to bring every year up to date. The problem is we are so far behind that this to me from a practical side, would be a waste of time and money. An open Audit will look at the NIS as a new venture and book it’s assets and liabilities at mArket value. Now this type of audit will be more expensive to do than an annual audit, but it will be cheaper than doing 15 annual audits for the last 15 years I can assure you.

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  • Our government wanted to implement modern financial accounting for the SOEs (I am thinking of Oracle or SAP). So that our prime minister could get a cost statement “at the push of a button”.

    Obviously, our government advisors here have promised too much. Once again. Our Most Honourable Prime Minister should urgently look for new consultants.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 2 :33 PM

    I agree 100% with you.
    But where there is demand there is supply. Some of our commenters delight in the gamesmanship. I do not . What is fun for them retards the citizens from reaching their full potential. We at this stage of our development and with our head start should not have a high debt overhang. We should only have a small Budget deficit of under 2% in the bad years. Now these are part of our management profile. There was a time when the Surplus on Current Account financed the GoB Capital Works Program.
    But that was spawned by a 1970s narrative that is no longer relevant. Time for fresh guard i.e ,a new narrative. David, I do not want to hear about any Meritocracy. That translated to the Entitlement Syndrome of the last 12 years.

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  • Is this the same hypocrite Carson Cadogan that cussed us on BU just about 3 years ago for those crooked indians. What a difference a 30-0 makes. He is trying to pull a Mia and Maloney. Fraud.

    “Carson Cadogan

    The BLACK PEOPLE of Barbados are being slowly returned to SLAVERY.

    Between the Barbados Labour Party Govt. with its high level of Taxation, Duties, Layoffs and creatives ways of fooling the people while cutting their Salaries and telling them its good for them. The Barbados Private Sector with its sky high prices for everything making Barbados prices some the highest in the World. Black people are being paid very poorly .

    But slowly their wages are being taken away taken away. Soon they will have none. They will be working simply for the sake of doing so. In order to make the WHITE PEOPLE AND INDIANS of Barbados CONTINUE TO BE rich. Just like SLAVE days gone by.

    The only Black people that prosper will be the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY GOVT..”

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  • I am not surprised at all. The daughter and husband of one of these wufless people wouldn’t pay my brother his rent money at all, at all, at all. After a month or two bro got sick and tired of not receiving his rent money and threw their rass in the road.

    My bro’ isn’t as stupid as the government.

    Imagine not paying a poor black man his rent money.

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  • @Tron June 5, 2020 9:27 AM “I don’t know why you’re getting so upset. Barbados entered a period of chaos and decline with independence. Just like almost all the other former colonies. We cannot seriously expect a society that until the 1960s consisted almost entirely of plantation workers to mature into human civilisation within a few years. We should give the Barbadians at least 500 years to mature from the current state of wild tribalism to human civilisation.”

    Barbados was born in the inequity of slavery. The wickedness did not start in 1966. It was imposed on the people of Barbados by the British slave masters, who for hundreds of years maintained the wickedness because it was profitable for them. Unlike tron I don’t see the British then or now as benevolent I don’t see them as civilized. Civilized people don’t enslave others, they don’t beat others, they don’t kidnap others, they don’t separate people from their families, their language, their culture, their religion.

    I remember once i was having a heart to heart with a white Bajan woman, our children were at HC together. We were talking about irresponsible fathers, irresponsible black fathers and irresponsible white fathers. She remarked to me about irresponsible black fathers “don’t you know that they learned their bad behaviour from the white men?”

    That said I am sorry that my BWA bill last month was $104. If it had been $70 instead I would now have enough to invite whitehill for a snack box and maybe some ice cream for dessert.

    But the political/business class don’t feel that poor black people should be able to enjoy a little fun from time to time.

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  • June 2020 and another Auditor General REPORT 2019,
    SAME OLD SAME OLD.
    It’s becoming more the obvious that Barbados is a FAILED STATE, well past the FAILING STATE STATUS.
    Thankfully the Auditor General is responsible to the Govenor General and ultimately Her Majesty the Queen, at least there a a few individuals involved with the Barbados Constitution that still have integrity and honesty.

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan June 5, 2020 7:51 PM

    You are the grand master of deliberate misunderstanding. Where did I praise the British?

    Regardless of the moral qualities of the former colonial masters, it is a fact that the infrastructure has rotted under many governments since 1966. Just remember the tragedy of the shit on the south coast. For years the DLP cavemen and their voters have been sexually aroused by the stench. In contrast, the BLP has managed to eliminate the problem within weeks, after the hard-working and righteous majority of the population made the cross in the right place at the election.

    So there is no contrast between progressive white colonialists and backward blacks, but between the diabolical DLP and the merciful BLP.

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  • Kleptocracy on steroids.
    “Tax & tief” or How to bankrupt a country 101.
    Carry on smartly

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  • Not sure it’s wise for the NIS to opt out of producing old audited financial statements and instead move to an open audit to book its revalued assets and liabilities. There’s a need for management to account for performance over the years via the management report attached to the financial statements. The historical lessons from audited financial reports provides a benchmark to guide future decision making as well measure foolhardy decisions. Revaluation will become apparent with each audit report.

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  • @Groslyn

    Don’t get me wrong annual financial data is always preferred for any businesses as it presents a continual flow of facts. Problem here is that when you are this far behind and according to the auditors, ” they are massive holes in the data”, a fresh open end audit is the only way forward. This will also allow us to value the assets now at market value, as opposed to what they are booked at. Don’t forget in the case of places like The Grotto, the massive cost overruns there would have that property booked probably at twice market value. Also the Sinkyuh paper needs to be valued based on our post restructuring reality. As we say here ” dem is nuff in there that want sorting out”. Only then will we really know what the NIS fund is TRULY worth.

    Then again maybe the fear is that we may be frighten at what we find so it’s better left alone?

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  • NIS and its historically bad management aside, has anyone ever produced a public-sector wide balance sheet, listing all publicly owned assets, from land to shares such as LIAT, to the Transport Board, schools, hospital, clinics, etc. and its liabilities, loans, debt underwriting, promises, obligations?

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  • David
    You should start keeping a tab of all government tenders published. We would then get an idea about what was tendered, what wasn’t, why etc.

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  • Where is the cut and paste artist from Canada?Oh i forgot, this is about his dem party.Where is Greene, Dames Bajan, Baje, Gazzerts and Donna among others?I heard the trini dem, Alvin and Straker;s Tenantry trying to spin this on Brasstacks with Mr Ellis.While on Brasstacks can anyone tell me why Mr Johnson os hosting 2 shows per week while the more popular Mr Wickham had none this week. Who would most persons prefer to hear ? I would say Mr Wickham hands down. The Mason and guest show also needs sn overhaul hearing the same Roberts, Lloyds etc and excluding local callers who built that show is unacceptable in my view.

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  • you think this is the first time the Auditor General has been critical of a political party? look at all the reports stretching back to 1994 and beyond?

    @David,

    the Auditor General himself or his department dont need investigative powers.

    having done some works in this area i can tell you much of what they state as issues are really lack of accounting from a paper trail standpoint. some of it on further investigation can be fraud tho. and that is where an independent office made up of accountants, lawyers and fraud investigator could assist.

    in addition to this work such an office can tackle all the dodgy stuff that goes on in various ministries where the real fraud and stealing from the public purse occur. doesnt have to be a big office but should be independent reporting directly to the GG and or nominee, well resourced and well supported in form and function

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  • @Greene

    Neither BLP or DLP have demonstrated the will to use the AG reports to fix problems. All we have is talk and recurring instances of graft, mismanagement and contravention of financial rules. As a so-called educated people what next to counter the embarrassment we should be feeling?

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  • if the AG wants to starts cleaning up the mess he could implement the Financial Crime Bureau and give this and the Donville Inniss matter etc to it to investigate. with all the powers i mentioned above.

    that would be a start

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  • We have heard this drum beat before haven’t we. We wish for it but we know it.

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  • So what is that NEW SCAM Abrams bringing to the people…THEY ALL ROBBED THE BWA OVER DECADES….so which one will he actually hold accountable, people on FB are asking WHERE IS MIA’S BIG RED BAG OF EVIDENCE….of DBLP thefts of billions of dollars taxpayer’s and pensioner’s money OVER DECADES..

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  • @ David

    if in the following weeks you hear Abrams et al talk about forensic accountants and or other professionals from the UK will be engaged to look into the matter, i can tell you that in itself is a scam

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  • We are a little tired of the glossy pr stuff aren’t we. Time to deliver on the things that support good governance.

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  • And that is only when the skunks of DBLP are not TIEFING the WATER, selling it out to the crooked, corrupt wannabe slavemaster wannabr minorities like Ram et al …and then pocketing the money for themselves for DECADES.

    So exactly who does Abrams thinks he is fooling now..

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  • Public Finance Management Bill 2019

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  • Act actually.

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  • @ David,

    $ 1.4 billion ? Abrams about to get busy.

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  • @Hants

    In the face of it the AG report has deposited Abrahams in the centre stage of public opinion, he felt he had to respond. We will see in the coming weeks if this represents a departure from the norm.

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  • BWA problems continue.

    ” The Barbados Water Authority wishes to advise residents and businesses in parts of St Michael and Christ Church, that this morning, it was revealed that the Reservoir at Fort George is currently empty.

    Investigations are underway to determine the cause.”

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  • The question for me is this. Will Abrams hold the awarder and the recipient of the contracts equally responsible as is usually requiered in law ?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants

    This must be fake news. A superintendent is always on the job. Did he not monitor the drop in levels? Why should this be a surprise?

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  • @ Vincent Codrington,

    You are correct. A Reservoir should be monitored 24 hours a day.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/06/07/bwa-investigating-supply-to-reservoir-at-fort-george/

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  • Side note
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/06/06/public-advised-to-continue-taking-metformin-medication/

    This was a good first attempt, but it should have contained the brand name of all four diabetes medication found to contain impurities in 2020. Some patients have their medications bought at Costco and sent to them by relatives in the US.

    In addition, they should have provided the doses with impurities, if the tablets were scored, and the if the tablets were inprinted…
    as an example Apotex Corp / Scoree: no score/ Imprint APO;500;MET

    Other brand names with the presence of ‘N-Nitrosodimethylamine'(NDMA)’ detected are
    Amneal/Time-Cap Labs, Inc./Actavis

    I was very glad when a BU blogger first mentioned this problem. We should expect a little more from the newspapers and GIS than what was provided from a BU blogger

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  • This matter was updated to the Medical Corner blog.

    https://barbadosunderground.net/medical-corner/

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  • @TheoG
    Some patients have their medications bought at Costco and sent to them by relatives in the US.
    ++++++++++++++
    When pharmacies dispense medication aren’t they supposed to have a prescription? Unable to understand how folks in the US could buy medication that is not over the counter to send to relatives in Barbados.

    Please clarify

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  • @Sarge

    Since the opioid crisis the FDA does not allow the sale of medications for export without the prescription of a doctor registered in the USA. Since the crisis if you recall even several flu and sinus medicines were legislated to be moved behind the pharmacy counter now. All pseudoephedrine based items was one from memory. OTC preparations were not however included in this restructuring.

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  • Some people have relatives who are licensed physicians in the US and can write prescriptions. I was informed that the physician must have a license and liability insurance that is current. If it is a regulated substance the physician must also have a DEA number and a CDS (controlled dangerous substance number).

    All the pharmacy want (in my home town) is a valid prescription from a licensed doctor, a name, a date of birth and an address (local).

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  • I trust our honourable Minister Abrams as much as I trust the equally honourable Attorney General. Both have the nation’s best interests at heart. I thank our dear government for finally getting its act together and bringing the blue slave drivers to justice.

    Some are now wondering why it took so long to get the investigation underway. People must understand that we have in the administration, police and judiciary a lot of members of the blue syndicate who want to enslave all black Barbadians forever. So our government first had to clean up the place to see the full extent of the injustice. I think the crimes between 2008 and 2018 can only be compared with the worst human acts in history, for example Mugabe in Africa or Burnham in South America.

    However, whoever compares our Most Honourable Prime Minister with M., on the other hand, mocks not only Mia Mottley herself, but also the numerous victims of the real Mugabe.

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  • NorthernObserver

    I congratulate the Auditor General for actually publishing a report. In these dysfunctional times that in itself is a noteworthy achievement. And something a majority of those entities he is tasked with reporting on, cannot do.
    For a supposedly educated people we set the bar lower and lower. And tolerate more deviations with a ‘cuh Dear’, give them an ease/pass.

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  • Good to hear Edward Clarke calling for government to chase the findings of the AG report. Let us hope there is no about turn when roads lead to certain private sector people.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    NorthernObserver. at 9:02 AM

    The Auditor Generals report is laid in Parliament every year. There is no exception. This year’s (2019) probably tickled the fancy of more commenters and perhaps the press. He is discharging his responsibility in accordance with the law. The important development would be a follow through by those whose responsibility it is to correct the infelicities unearthed in these reports. I am sure similar infelicities were unearthed but not adequately addressed in the past.

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  • @Vincent

    What is the process with a moribund Public Accounts Committee (PAC)?

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  • Just saw a clip with DaSilva from Innotech boasting how he …as someone else puts it is funding some kinda corruption in St. Kitts, he was called PM Harris’ bagman,….then those who know says he is Mia’s best buddy….same Innotech that the same Abrams and the Bat at BWA pretended they were enemies post election, with the Bat calling them thieves and they telling her that she is a bigger thief than them, because they got proof…. and then informaion coming out that they had a big filing cabinet with all the thievery and corruption the ministers from both political parties perform so of course they got them by their corrupt shorthairs, am sure they got recordings too., same Innotech accused of helping DLP rip off taxpayers of over 200 million dollars…..same Innotech got a taxpayer funded contract months later from their BLP accusers..when they thought everyone had forgotten their corrupt little game…

    they all want prison time.

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  • “Let us hope there is no about turn when roads lead to certain private sector people..”

    did not see that one before i posted…lol

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  • @ David June 8, 2020 12:59 PM

    The man is ‘seized’ with the reasons behind the alibi the EU is using for its blacklisting of Bim.

    The man is crestfallen with embarrassment when he has to explain what is happening in Barbados to the ‘legitimate’ international financial community.

    You just cannot have that kind of piss-poor record of performance in the financial management of public sector entities (and on an ongoing basis, year after year) and expect people to assess you as capable of ‘regulating’ international money launderers and tax dodgers.

    Barbados must first look into the mirror and clean up its own dirty reflection before trying to sell itself as a ‘competent and clean’ jurisdiction to the international financial community and regulators.

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  • @Miller

    The betting window is open.

    Will the incumbent BLP with control of the lower house and a bevy of finance ministers and consultants be the government to wrestle the lack of actioning the AG report to he ground?

    >

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  • @ David June 8, 2020 4:36 PM

    They say a promise is a comfort to a fool.

    The previous administration made similar ironclad promises with their slogan of “Good Governance”.

    When we see the FOIA and ITAL up and running for the average Bajan to see then there will be a glimmer of hope of feeling the winds of change.

    Why would the current administration follow through with similar promises made from the same pattern of electoral chicanery knowing full well that would be analogous to plucking the red feathers from a bird of prey?

    But we must always be aware of that old watchdog for democracy:

    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

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  • LorenzoJune 6, 2020 3:55 PM

    Where is the cut and paste artist from Canada?Oh i forgot, this is about his dem party.Where is Greene, Dames Bajan, Baje, Gazzerts and Donna among others?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The question is not where I am now. The question is where I was at 5.45 pm on May 24th, 2018.

    And the answer is that I was at a polling station voting out the DLP for actions such as those detailed in the auditor general’s report.

    Ms. Mottley told me to give her the vote and watch her clean up these corrupt acts and hold those who perpetrated them accountable. Obediently I voted and now I am watching and waiting.

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  • Is that not the same BLP that had a SHAM of a PAC meeting to discuss the stolen money in the Auditor General’s report regarding i think it was the thefts of taxpayer’s money at NHC or Transport Board or both…and none of the crooked ministers from DLP turned up….so wah happen now that BLP is in government with their BIG RED BAG OF EVIDENCE DLP CORRUPTION…

    what about NHC…thefts

    what about Transport BOARD…thefts…

    what about all the other…thefts..

    they are trying to distract us with BWA…thefts…which they know they are not taking anywhere, not with Innotech and their filing cabinet of EVIDENCE…

    red bag of evidence vs filing cabinet of evidence…..lawd..

    when they know that they and all the thieves are business partners…wuh they ACCUSED EACH OTHER IN THE MEDIA OF BEING CORRUPT THIEVES…both sides, they know the fowls forgot that long time, but they think everyone else did too…

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  • @ Donna June 8, 2020 5:19 PM
    “The question is not where I am now. The question is where I was at 5.45 pm on May 24th, 2018.
    And the answer is that I was at a polling station voting out the DLP for actions such as those detailed in the auditor general’s report.
    Ms. Mottley told me to give her the vote and watch her clean up these corrupt acts and hold those who perpetrated them accountable. Obediently I voted and now I am watching and waiting.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And that is the exact position most intelligent (even if naïve) politically non-partisan Bajans who went to the polls now find themselves in.

    Unlike the mysterious evidence paraded in a red bag just prior to May 24th 2018,
    the ‘necessary’ prosecutor’s evidence is now there in plain sight and in black and white to legally proceed from here.

    Time is now up for the ‘Festina Lente’ given to one AG. Now it’s time for the other AG to act as the complainant on behalf of the consumers, taxpayers and the people of Barbados who have been raped financially of their dignity and pockets.

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  • NorthernObserver

    #VC
    My truth is I have been busy, and haven’t read the report.
    I could highlight several other reports which were once laid before the Houses with ‘no exception’.
    Those expecting ‘follow through’ have fond memories of days of yore. Hence my admiration for the AG and his team’s work, given most ‘infelicities’ will die with his annual report. Glad to see at least one part of the ‘systems in place’ still functions.

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  • @Cuhdear Bajan, I’m sitting here having breakfast and going through the many responses on the various blogs, I couldn’t take another bite after reading that you had me in thoughts some five days ago. I almost after so many years was gonna be invited out by a bajan woman. Fret not yourself, the very next time you should get such a high water bill, I’ll pay it for you. Better yet, why not come over to my place and take your showers, you will save and i will gain.

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  • Barbados Revenue Authority Selects Newgen to Automate Tax Compliance Process


    News provided by

    Newgen Software Inc.

    Jun 04, 2020, 07:09 ET


    MCLEAN, Virginia, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Newgen Software Inc., a global provider of low code digital automation platform managing content, processes, and communication, today announced that it has successfully deployed Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) platform at Barbados Revenue Authority for automating its country by country (CbC) reporting process.

    The solution aimed at automating the end-to-end CbC reporting process and increasing organizational efficiency, was implemented within the stipulated time frame.

    “The Newgen CbC solution is agile and cost-effective. It has integrated various touch points to enable comprehensive reporting. With this solution in place, we would be able to leverage industry best practices and stay on top of a rapidly changing regulatory environment,” Anthony Gittens, Senior Manager, Policy, Planning and Governance, Barbados Revenue Authority.

    “Newgen’s solutions aim to deliver customer-centric services at optimized cost. We are glad that the Barbados Revenue Authority chose us for this strategic initiative, and we look forward to our partnership with them. Using our CbC solution, the authority can deliver better services and achieve greater transparency,” Diwakar Nigam, MD and Chairman, Newgen Software.

    Built on a low-code application platform, Newgen’s CbC solution features easy to deploy process templates, self-registration capabilities, and highly descriptive reports. The solution offers flexibility to enable the Barbados Revenue Authority to adapt to any regulatory changes and remain compliant. Additionally, Newgen’s COE team continuously scans and checks updates for regulatory guidelines and evolving best practices to ensure that current and future compliance requirements are met.

    Newgen’s compliance and reporting solutions ensure that organizations stay compliant with regulations. Using these solutions, organization scan simplify regulatory compliance and mitigate risks through complete reporting and documentation.

    About Barbados Revenue Authority:

    Barbados Revenue Authority is the main revenue collecting agency in Barbados, responsible for effective and efficient tax administration. The institution is also recognised as the Competent Authority for the country in relation to exchange of information compliance. In this role, the Barbados Revenue Authority is responsible for the transmission of data related to the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and country by country compliance in accordance with the guidelines of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    About Newgen Software Inc.:

    Newgen Software Inc. is a global provider in banking process automation with more than 200+ banks and financial services institutions as its clients. Newgen’s banking process management framework automates critical business processes for banking institutions across commercial lending, consumer lending, customer on-boarding, online account opening, trade finance, digital and mobile customer service request. Newgen offers flexible on-premise and cloud-based solutions to financial institutions.

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    Connect with us:

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    SOURCE Newgen Software Inc.

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