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Government announces major improvements in Transport Sector

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There are considerable improvements ahead in Belize’s transport sector. That was announced today by the Government as it launched the Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan, CNTMP. The plan speaks to establishing a more efficient and effective transport system on land, air and water. It includes policy reform recommendations that will be developed over the next fifteen years. The plan quote, “will aid in facilitating strategic sector planning and more efficient and effective transport of people and freight within the country, and between Belize and its main trading partners,” end of quote. This is expected to propel economic growth. Theplan is funded by a technical cooperation grant from the IDB’s Japan Special Fund. IDB Country Representative Cassandra Rogers says that the support the institution is providing to Belize seeks to improve public expenditure and promote private sector growth through four specific areas. Among these is transport.

The plan also addresses logistics and trade facilitation, safety and environmental protection. And perhaps of more considerable interest to the Belizean public, the plan seeks to improve public transportation countrywide. Ishmael Quiroz, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council at the Office of the Prime Minister says there will be a gradual modernization of the public transport service.

The CNTMP was developed by a team of experts from Egis International in France, in association with Transconsult in Mexico, engineers specializing in transport engineering and urban development; and in providing economic and institutional advice. TheIDB is providing 880 thousand US dollars towards the plan and the Government is providing a counterpart contribution of over two hundred thousand US dollars.

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