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Belize Infrastructure Limited Accounts Questioned

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Co-chair of the Belize Infrastructure Limited and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber says he still has not received the letter sent by Opposition Leader John Briceno. That letter was sent on November first and was addressed to the DPM. In it Briceno demanded copies of all audited accounts of BIL, a list of all projects supervised and or financed by BIL, names of companies or persons who were contracted by BIL and copies of all contracts. In mid-November the DPM told the media he had not received such letter and yesterday, he told us that he has yet to see the letter. He said though that Briceno and those interested in viewing the documents will soon be able to do so.

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber

“I have not seen a copy of the letter officially from Mr. Briceño. As I’ve said on my Facebook page I believe that it is a ploy on his part but there are numerous ways in which Mr. Briceño can get the questions answered if he so desires. I am informed by the managing director of BIL Ms. Mestre that the BIL’s website is in the process of being updated and much of the information he is seeking will be there. I also know as well that if he wants a proper answer to the question he can ask it as a part of questions to Ministers in the house, which is what he really ought to have done but until I get an official copy of his request I don’t feel obliged to answer. I have said as it relates to the Belize City Centre that as co-chair of BIL I have asked the BIL folks to ensure that there is an open day that we will ask the engineers the BIL board members and everybody else to give full disclosures to what everything is costing and why the city Centre needs to undergo the kind of management contractors that we are seeking. That we will do, pretty shortly we will announce the date that it will be done. I think it will be early December, I just need to confirm the date and so again anybody including the Leader of the Opposition who wants to see transparency in that regard can come and pose questions.”

The Leader of the Opposition states in the letter that the demands come after revelations that suggested that negligence on the part of BIL in the Lake Independence Boulevard project and other works resulted in the loss of millions of dollars.

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