Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he plans to discuss with his ministers, the possibility of releasing their assets for scrutiny by members of the general public.
Currently, certain categories of public officials must file their assets with the Integrity in Public Office Commission.
Browne told listeners to Pointe FM that what he is talking about would also apply to members of his government.
He wants them to do as he has done and tell everyone what they own on an annual basis.
“There question is whether we should not go further to have full public disclosure so that we publish publicly all our assets and income on an annual basis,” Browne said.
He suggested that the information could be published on a popular and appropriate website for all to see.
“I have gone as far as declaring my income and the amount paid in taxes,” the prime minister said even as he acknowledged that “there is no legal requirement for anyone to fully disclose their assets in public.”
“The reason for that is to ensure that we can monitor the assets of politicians in particular,” Browne said.
He said while there is significant “self-regulation” by his ministers “I recognize that we have to strengthen the governance framework.”
The Antigua and Barbuda leader also wants whistleblower legislation to protect people who reveal wrongdoing in the public service.
“Which is a discussion that I will have with my colleagues because I think we have to lead by example and the more information we disclose the better in oder to have the public hold us accountable.”
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