Government & Politics

Government seeks to Expand UB into Global Campus with Science

The Ministry of Education is looking to expand the University of Belize into a global
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NTUCB Opposes Ministry of Health’s Switch to Smart Telecom

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has written to Prime Minister Briceno expressing
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Orange Walk Town Establishes First Sister-City Partnership with Taiwan’s Taoyuan

Orange Walk Town has officially established sister-city relations with the Taoyuan City Council in Taiwan.
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Belize Develops Long-Term STI Strategy to Boost Global Competitiveness

With Belize looking to step up its efforts in the areas of Science, Technology and
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Belize Secures Access to Korean Economic Development Fund

Belize has been officially granted access to the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF).  Negotiations
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Belize Solar Industry Alliance Implores GOB to Revise New Solar

A group calling themselves the Belize Solar Industry Alliance (BSIA) is calling on the government
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Government of Belize Launches First Formal Summer Internship Program

The Ministry of Public Service has been given the go-ahead to initiate an internship program
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Confiscated Liquor Returned, Customs Department Silent

The Customs Department continues to be uncooperative with our newsroom when it comes to cases
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Nicanor Requena Launches Campaign for Toledo East

In June, several aspiring politicians will be vying for a chance to fill the vacant
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Belize Calls for Reopening of UNRWA Office in East Jerusalem

Belize has joined the international community in calling for the reopening of the United Nations
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Health Ministry Switches to Private Telecom Provider for Cost Savings

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has switched telephone providers, going from a national company
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UDP Condemns Government’s Telecom Switch, Cites Potential Nationalization Sabotage

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has weighed in on the government’s switch from digi to
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Prime Minister Briceno Heads to Taiwan for Presidential Inauguration

Prime Minister John Briceno and a high-level delegation left the country today, headed to Taiwan. 
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Cao Zhong Zhi Foundation Donates Medical Equipment to Belize Ministry

The Ministry of Health and Wellness received a substantive amount of medical equipment yesterday. The
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Government Officials Trained for Disaster Management as Hurricane Season Nears

The second group of officials from the Government to complete disaster management training was celebrated
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Belize Political Landscape Shifts: Councilor Kaya Cattouse Joins PUP Candidacy,

Tonight, there are new developments in the political landscape. In Belize City, Councilor Kaya Cattouse
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Auditor General Uncovers Fraud: Government Loses Over $200K in Belize

In 2023, the Office of the Auditor General uncovered two cases of fraud at the
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Government Initiates Reform Efforts with Public Service Workshops

Amid the findings from these audits, the Government has embraced steps towards reform.  The most
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Anthony “Boots” Martinez Pursues Legal Action Against Election Department Over

Retired politician Anthony Boots Martinez says he’s not giving up on having Port Loyola Area
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Belize Peace Movement Pushes for Redistricting Ahead of 2025 Elections

Will the country’s political landscape change or will it remain the same? That’s the question
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Foreign Minister Labels Travel Advisory for Chetumal Following Spike in

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Francis Fonseca says that the travel advisory
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People’s Constitution Commission Prepares Recommendations for Constitutional Changes

The People’s Constitution Commission (PCC) is preparing to submit a list of recommended constitutional changes
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Minister of Constitutional Reform speaks on the country’s laws on

The Elections and Boundaries Department is preparing for the imminent bi-election in Toledo East.  The
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Pulled AstraZeneca Vaccine not the one administered to Belizeans says

Over the weekend, residents grew concerned after the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were pulled from medical
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Belize Secures Energy Boost and Export Opportunities in Mexico Pact

Belize can now look forward to exporting a new list of products to Mexico.  It
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Port of Belize Eyes Partnership with Chetumal Free Zone in

With the government now owning the Port of Belize, Prime Minister Briceno was able to
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Belize Hosts Historic Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police Conference

The 38th annual conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) is being
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Belize Asserts Sovereignty Amidst Recent Border Tensions with Guatemala

It’s been a little over two weeks since members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF)
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Fortis Belize Faces Pressure to Lower Rates Amidst Renewable Energy

Fortis Belize has responded to the Prime Minister’s call to lower their rates. On Friday,
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Businessman Challenges Opposition Leader in Mesopotamia Constituency Bid

Businessman Lawrence Ellis says he’s going to give the Leader of the Opposition a run
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CEO Takes Leave to Pursue Political Ambitions, Igniting Debate on

Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development, Dr Osmond Martinez has taken leave from the public
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UDP Calls for Public Utilities Minister’s Resignation

The United Democratic Party (UDP) issued a release on Friday, calling for the removal or
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State Funeral Honors Late Minister Michael Espat in Punta Gorda

On Saturday, a state funeral and mass of thanksgiving was held in Punta Gorda Town
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Independent Analysis Reveals Sugar Industry Savings at Port of Big

The sugar industry is saving significantly from its move to the Port of Big Creek
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PM Briceno Heads to Mexico to Meet CFE Representatives

Prime Minister John Briceno is preparing to return to Mexico this weekend to meet with
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Fortis Belize Faces Regulatory Hurdles Amid Energy Oversupply

Keeping on the topic of energy, Fortis Belize, the largest supplier of in-country generated electricity,
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Banking Regulations Challenge Majid Khan’s Access

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francis Fonseca, has commented on Majid Khan’s challenges faced in the
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PM Addresses Allegations of Government Cartel Ties

In recent days, an ad has been running on the nightly news alleging there is
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PM Unfazed by Allegations of Administration Involvement in Portico Agreement

The Prime Minister says he wasn’t surprised by David Gegg’s statements at the last hearing
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UDP Campaign Donation Scandal Raises Calls for Campaign Finance Laws

Another bombshell dropped by Gegg was his allegation that a certain UDP minister requested a
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Portico developer speaks on land acquisitions

Once the Definitive Agreement had come to light, several issues and questions arose.  One had
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David Gegg speaks on MOU with former administration

Businessman Hotchandani did testify yesterday at the Senate sitting and had conceded that he is
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David Gegg takes witness stand at Senate Inquiry

As it directly relates to Portico’s Definitive Agreement, Gegg spoke on who drafted the document
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Police Commissioner Williams Mulls Political Bid Amid Speculation and Criticism

Police Commissioner Chester Williams has been toying with the idea to pursue his political aspirations
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Ministry Launches Boundary Expansion Exercise for Seven Towns Across Belize

The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government has embarked on an
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Ministry Updates Contractor Registry to Accelerate Low-Income Housing Projects

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) is updating its registry of contractors in
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GOB Lifts Travel Advisory for Chetumal, Mexico, Citing Reevaluation

Prime Minister John Briceno has announced that there is no longer a travel advisory for
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Increased Guatemalan Incursions Spark Concerns in Columbia Forest Reserve

In recent months, Guatemalan incursions in the Columbia Forest Reserve have increased and sparked major
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Belize Certified for Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

Belize is among several countries that is being officially certified for the elimination of mother-to-child
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Prime Minister Briceno Meets Mexican President to Enhance Space Cooperation

Prime Minister John Briceno is meeting with Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City.
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Anthony Boots Martinez Faces Setback in Recall Petition Against Gilroy

Anthony Boots Martinez has decided to continue his pursuit to recall the current Area Representative,
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Former Area Rep Anthony Boots Martinez Vows to Finance Legal

But how will Martinez finance his legal battle for the recall petition? Martinez says that
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Opposition Leader Alleges Cabinet Involvement in Drug Trade

Moses Shyne Barrow, Belize’s Opposition Leader, made some serious allegations earlier today when he spoke
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Speculations Arise in Fatal Shooting; Drug Nexus Suspected

Sticking to the narcos situation up north, while investigators are yet to confirm whether the
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Chetumal Business Community Urges Removal of Travel Advisory from Belize

With a recent caution issued to those traveling to Mexico, the business community in neighbouring
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Opposition Leader Criticizes Electricity Crisis as “Disgraceful”

Moving on to other national concerns, particularly, the regular power outages, Opposition Leader Barrow sat
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PUP Postpones Decision on Toledo East Seat

Today, the People’s United Party was to make a decision on how they will fill
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Minister Musa Supports Commissioner Williams’ Political Aspirations

While Musa remains neutral on Mike Espat’s possible replacement, today, he expressed support for another
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Opposition Leader Barrow Criticizes Commissioner Williams’ Performance

Commenting on Chester Williams’ possible political career was Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow. 
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BDF Commandant Responds to Criticism Over Sarstoon Confrontation

The Commandant of the Belize Defense Force has responded to the harsh criticism over the
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Guatemala Ramps Up Border Patrols Amid Belize Incursion Claims: PM

There is another security issue that Belize is grappling with involving our neighbors in Guatemala. 
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Benque Viejo Deputy Mayor Resigns Over Misogyny Allegations

Town Councilor of Benque Viejo, Jenny Martinez took to social media yesterday evening and gave
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National Women’s Commission Reacts to Deputy Mayor’s Resignation: Calls for

President of the National Women’s Commission (NWC), Thea Garcia-Ramirez has weighed in on Jenny Martinez’
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Progress in Public Sector Issues: Unions and Government Forge Committees

The joint unions were finally able to meet with government officials today on several pending
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US Senators Push for Increased Support to Belize in Combatting

Belize is being coined as a cooperative country that the United States should invest more
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San Pedro Mayor Throws Hat in the Ring, Challenges Political

A power struggle may be brewing in San Pedro after the island’s Mayor, Gualberto Nunez,
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State Funeral Planned for Minister Michael Joseph Espat in Punta

Minister of State, Michael Joseph Espat, will be given a State Funeral in Punta Gorda
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PM Briceno Responds to Claims of Disrespect Toward Late Minister

While the party has spared no expense in honoring Espat, last week, his cousin, Minister
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Inauguration of Haulover Bridge Marks Milestone in Infrastructure

Yesterday saw the inauguration of the Haulover Bridge at a cost of just over 30 
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PUP National Executive Agrees on Party Matters, Observes Moment of

The National Executive of the People’s United Party (PUP) met today and agreed on several
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BDF Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon River Reopens After Renovations

After months of being uninhabitable, the Belize Defence Force’s Forward Operating Base on the Sarstoon
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Immigration Clerks in Belmopan End Walkout After Meeting with CEO

Chief Executive Officer for Immigration, Tanya Neal-Santos has assured our newsroom that the issue surrounding
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Belize and Mexico Launch 22nd Annual Vaccination Week at Corozal

Today, Belize joined forces with Mexico to kick off the 22nd Annual Vaccination Week in
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PM Briceno Laments Losses, Addresses Nation at Haulover Bridge Inauguration

When Prime Minister John Briceno addressed the gathering this morning at the Haulover Bridge, the
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Belize Peace Movement Urges Redistricting Ahead of 2025 General Elections,

The redistricting exercise that the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) had fought for at the courts
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UDP Objects to Salary Cuts for BDF, Warns of National

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has registered its objections on the salary cuts of some
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PM Briceno Reacts to Minister Espat’s Sudden Death

Prime Minister John Briceno says the death of Minister of State Michael Espat came as
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Toledo East Bi-election Looms Following Michael Espat’s Passing

While Prime Minister John Briceno says Espat did not speak about a possible succession plan
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Glenfield Dennison Set to Be Sworn In as Union Senator

Attorney Glenfield Dennison is preparing to be sworn in as the next union Senator.  Love
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PM Briceno Denies Government Interference with Senate Committee

Prime Minister John Briceno has denied criticism of the government undermining the work of the
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Government Addresses Illegal Logging Concerns Near Guatemala Border

The government says it continues to combat illegal logging in the country’s forest reserves that
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Ministry of Agriculture Receives Support from Ministry of Economic Development

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Sustainable Development have received support from the
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Government Minister Mike Espat Dies of Massive Heart Attack, Social

News of the death of Honorable Mike Espat reached our newsroom just before ten o’clock
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Toledo East Prepares for Bi-election Following Mike Espat’s Passing

The passing of Area Representative Mike Espat has set in motion, plans for a bi-election
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Senator Kevin Herrera Addresses Transparency and Accountability in Public Office

Senator for the private sector, Kevin Herrera, was on The Morning Show today talking about
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Belize Government Eyes World Bank Partnership to Revitalize Toledo District

The Government of Belize hopes to work with the World Bank to transform the Toledo
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Millennium Change Corporation Greenlights $125M Grant for Belize’s Education and

The Millennium Change Corporation (MCC) has approved a 125-million-dollar grant for Belize. Last week, a
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Belize Faces Energy Challenges as Electricity Supply Tightens; Eyes MCC

The finalization of the MCC Compact Agreement comes at a time when Belize is facing
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Belize’s Central Medical Laboratory Set for Major Upgrades with EU

The Central Medical Laboratory will see major upgrades within the next few months. The Ministry
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Price Barracks Welcomes New Housing Quarters for Belize Defence Force

The Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers stationed at the Price Barracks compound in Ladyville now
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Belize City Council Conducts Interviews for Vacancies: Efforts to Strengthen

The Belize City Council conducted several interviews today for a several vacancies at City Hall.
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Success of Heads of Mission Engagement: Diplomats Discuss Economic Initiatives

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Fonseca says the recent Heads of Mission Engagement was a
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PUP Chairman denies division at City Hall over Albert Vaughn’s

The Chairman of the People’s United Party has denied that there is a current a
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Anthony “Boots” Martinez seeks to get recall petition rejection reversed

Anthony “Boots” Martinez says the Elections and Boundaries Department erred in rejecting several of the
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Shyne Barrow Feels Vindicated Amidst Diddy Controversy

While hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs continues to face various accusations in the USA,
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Minister Musa Claps Back at Opposition Leader Over State of

The Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, is rejecting the Leader of the Opposition’s statements
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