GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is cognizant of the issues surrounding the discussion about the execution of an integrity audit. “But we are concerned that the real issue is being lost in the debate,” the association stated in a press release. “It is important to differentiate between investigations into specific allegations and the creation of a government apparatus that is beneficial to the people. Efforts to improve transparency and accountability do not depend on studies from Transparency International, or a mandate for an investigation into integrity. But all pending criminal investigations, and issues like Tax and, Orca, and vote buying need to be investigated and made public as swiftly as possible to minimize public criticism of our judicial system and return confidence in government.
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