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Eustace remains firm on his call for Beache’s resignation


The Leader of the Opposition and President of the New Democratic Party has stepped up on his calls for the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority Glen Beache.{{more}}

Eustace, speaking on the New Times radio programme yesterday Monday, July 25, said that his position remains the same as it was last week, when he held a press conference on July 18.

At that time, he made the call for Beache’s resignation, following disclosure that Beache had set up a marketing company with two of the directors being part of the management team of a company which does business with the Tourism Authority, a situation which Eustace considered a conflict of interest.

During a press conference last Wednesday, July 20, Beache maintained that this was not so, because since it was set up, his company had done no business and that he had instructed his attorney to have the company taken off the local registry.

But Eustace said that he was still of the opinion that Beache needed to resign as the SVGTA’s Chief Executive Officer.

“I make that call again today for his resignation, because there is nothing that has been said that makes me think that there is no conflict of interest on his part,” Eustace said.

“It simply can’t operate like that – you are serving the public and you can’t get your private interest in matters where public funds are involved,” the Leader of the Opposition added.

This was the reason why Eustace said that he is going to continue to call for Beache’s resignation.

Eustace also explained that issues such as this would have a negative impact on the tourism sector.

“If you can’t effectively supervise or have control over what your agents or those contracted are doing, then you are not operating in the best interest of the tourism industry,” he said, adding that there may be the tendency to overlook certain things that one may not allow other companies to get away with, because of the level of personal involvement. (DD)