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Code of Conduct for Ministers





A Code of Conduct for Ministers has been in force since 1954 detailing how Ministers should act and arrange their personal affairs. It has been amended from time to time.
The Code of Conduct for Ministers is now reissued. It contains all the changes made to date and includes additional rules concerning the acceptance of gifts.
The position of a Government Minister is one of trust. It is vital that Ministers do not by their conduct undermine public confidence in themselves or bring discredit to the Government. Therefore, all Ministers are expected to act at all times according to the highest standards of probity, accountability, honesty, integrity and diligence in the exercise of their public duties.
This Code of Conduct for Ministers sets out the ¡°rules of obligation¡± that all Ministers are to abide by in order to uphold these standards. Breach of any of these "rules of obligation" may expose the Minister to removal from office.
Ministers are personally responsible for complying with this Code of Conduct and are expected to make their own decisions on how best to conduct themselves as required by this Code.
(1) Disclosure of private interests
1.1  To counter potential allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth, and to avoid potential conflicts between private interests and public responsibilities, every Minister must, upon his appointment to office, disclose to the President (through the Prime Minister) in confidence ¨C

(a) his sources of income (other than his salary as a Minister and as a Member of Parliament);

(b) his assets, including all financial assets, real property, interests in any company or professional practice, and any other substantial personal assets; and

(c) his financial liabilities, including mortgages and borrowings.

(2) Directorships, partnerships and appointments
2.1  A Minister who is a partner in any professional firm or in other business must, immediately on taking office, cease to practise for remuneration or to play any part in the day-to-day management of the firm's affairs. A Minister may, however, take such steps as are necessary to prevent his professional certification or registration from lapsing.
2.2  Except as provided in paragraph 2.3 or 2.4 below --

(a) A Minister may not be associated in a formal or advisory capacity with any commercial undertaking or receive any form of payment from it; and

(b) A Minister may not hold any directorship, whether paid or unpaid, in any public or private company.

2.3  A Minister may hold a directorship in a company, and may participate in or be associated with any activity of a commercial undertaking, with the permission of the Prime Minister if he considers it to be in the national interest for the Minister to do so. The Prime Minister's permission must be published in the Gazette.
2.4  A Minister may also accept directorships or other positions (honorary or otherwise) --

(a) in any philanthropic undertaking; or

(b) in a private company established to hold private family assets or for personal tax amelioration or in furtherance of prudent estate planning,

provided that there is no conflict of duty and interest.



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