Government & Politics

Belize moves to modernize its Airspace

Belize has inked a multi-million-dollar agreement with COCESNA to modern its airspace. Minister of the
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House Debates CARICOM Free Movement (Amendment) Bill

During Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister John Briceño’s budget was not
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House of Representatives discuss Extradition Bill

In other legislative matters, Members of the House of Representatives examined the Extradition Bill, of
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Maya Centre Villagers Say A Resounding “No!” to New Water

The villagers of Maya Centre, Stann Creek District, continue to express outright disapproval of the
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UK and Belize move to establish a Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

The Governments of Belize and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding to implement
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Opposition Leader removed from national assembly building

Opposition Leader Moses Barrow was today kicked out of the National Assembly Building in Belmopan.
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Borrowing to Invest is Healthy

The opposition, the United Democratic Party, continues to criticize the government for what it describes
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Trying to Keep Fuel Prices Down

And we also asked the Prime Minister about the fuel prices. During his budget speech,
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PM Briceno Explains Public Sector Pension Reform

Yesterday, the Cabinet announced that the Briceno Administration will implement a phased approach to the
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Prime Minister Speaks on Commission of Inquiry to examine modernization

The Prime Minister was also asked about the Cabinet’s decision to convene a Commission of
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Doing away with perception of conflict of interest in EIA

And lastly, the Prime Minister was asked about the newly passed statutory instrument, which relates
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Embattled Punta Gorda Town Councilor Moses Cal Relinquishes Portfolio

Embattled Punta Gorda Town Councilor Moses Cal has resigned as Deputy Mayor. Cal has also
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Maya Center residents demand accountability and transparency from their water

Things got testy in the Stann Creek village of Maya Center this morning. The centre
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Long-time PUP supporter and businessman, Yasin Shoman dies

Businessman, pilot, and long-time PUP supporter, Yasin Shoman has died. Shoman was born in November
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Don’t Tax My Femininity Campaign Gains Major Success

Don’t tax my femininity!—That is the moniker given to the triumphant campaign that led to
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More infrastructure development investments in Valley of Peace, Cayo

The Resilient Rural Belize Program and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development have inked a memorandum
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PG Town Council donates to Hospital

The Punta Town Council donated much-needed items to the Punta Gorda Hospital. Senior Correspondent Paul
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Public Service Minister says increments will be unfrozen in April

Public sector workers and teachers will soon see their increments unfrozen. According to the Minister
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A year before Municipal Elections: PUP Chairman says the party

Municipal elections are constitutionally due a year from now and as UDP Leader Shyne Barrow
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Prime Minister John Briceno says PG Town Councilor Moses Cal

Police have continued their investigations into a case of domestic violence in which a town
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Special Envoy for Women and Children Condemns Recent Acts of

The Special Envoy for the Development of Women and Children, Rossana Briceño, weighed in on
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Prime Minister Comments on Rodwell Ferguson

Last week, Transport Minister Rodwell Ferguson, in an interview, told Prime Minister John Briceno to
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Public Service Minister on Rodwell Ferguson

Also weighing in on the matter was the Minister of Public Service, Henry Charles Usher.
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Shyne says there’s space in his future administration for Patrick

Shifting now to politics: the United Democratic Party says that it’s creating its team of
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Are the broken fences being fixed in the UDP?

To have any success at the general elections, the UDP would have to resolve much
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GOB to Remove Tax on Feminine Products by April

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on families as the cost of living
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SIB releases 2021 Multidimensional Poverty Index

The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) this morning released its findings of its 2021 Multidimensional
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Who’s to be the next Chief Magistrate? Minister Usher says

We reported last month that Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser is retiring from the public service
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Good governance bills are coming, says Constitutional Reform Minister

Belize is soon to finalise the implementation of several good governance-related legislations. A number of
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LOO wants budget to focus on healthcare, education, and other

Prime Minister John Briceño will be presenting his budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year on
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UDP is keeping a close eye on redistricting exercise

Another issue the UDP Leader, Moses “Shyne” Barrow talked about candidly was the ongoing redistricting
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BDF Goes Back to the Drawing Board for a New

The Belize Defense Force (BDF) will meet with the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD)
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PUP Wants PUP Punta Gorda Town Councilor to Resign Amid

A Punta Gorda Town councilor is being investigated for physically assaulting a woman. It is
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UDP Leader says he believes in fair play for the

Also weighing in on the sugar debate is the Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne”
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Norman Usher Gets UDP Nomination for Dangriga Constituency

The United Democratic Party held a contested convention on Sunday in the Dangriga Constituency. Norman
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Minister Ferguson Denies Allegations of Corruption

Minister Rodwell Ferguson continues to vehemently deny allegations made against him of purchasing over two
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Minister Ferguson Says His Letter to CEO Leal Is Simply

Minister of Transport, Rodwell Ferguson, also addressed the letter he wrote to his Ministry’s CEO,
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BSI/ASR explains why they call for an increase in sugar

We’ve continued to follow the discussion on the proposal to increase the prices of brown
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Is the BSCFA trying to pit BSI against the Government

In 2014, BSI/ASR asked for an increase in sugar sold in the local market. Nine
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Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign MinistersVisits Belize

Russia’s war against Ukraine continues. Exactly one year ago on February 24, at around 5
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Getting Grains out of Ukraine and into the LATAM Region

The conflict in Ukraine has had significant regional and global implications, including strained relations between
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Correcting an Injustice

The Freetown constituency will have a new park, a permanent home for its local preschool,
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Claims of Sexual Abuse at Primary School

A teacher of an Anglican school in Belmopan is speaking out against what she describes
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Tribunal established to review DOE’s decision on Waterloo Project

The Ministry of Sustainable Development has announced that it has established a tribunal to review
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Minister of Transport Says Bus Runs Need to Be Properly

Challenges in Belize’s bus industry are still ongoing. The Minister of Transport, Rodwell Ferguson, has
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Lack of ADO Buses Coming to Belize Affects Tourism

Another topic of discussion in the meetings of this trip was transportation. When the Covid-19
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San Estevan, OW gets Digital Connect Centre

 San Estevan Village in the Orange Walk District will have yet another gateway to the
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DYS Empowers and Encourages Youth through Recognition

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) recently held its annual Youth Awards ceremony, celebrating the
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Cabinet addresses high cost of living and healthy eating in

 Cabinet met earlier this and examined several issues, one of which is the cost of
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GOB Meets with JUNT to Negotiate Longstanding Matters

The Joint Union Negotiating Team (JUNT) met with the Government of Belize to discuss the
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Pension Reform to Come in Phases

Another major topic of discussion in today’s meeting is the pension reform exercise that GOB
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APSSM President to change; Sharon Fraser commits to a smooth

Yesterday, we told you that President of the Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM)
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Minister Ferguson responds to chilly AC allegations

The Minister of Transport, Rodwell Ferguson has taken to social media to respond to criticisms
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CBA for the BNTU to be Formulated

The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) hopes to finally sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
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BSI called for an increase in brown sugar in February;

In February, BSI/ASR also wrote the Prime Minister asking for an increase in the price
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Teachers and Students at Julian Cho Technical High School Want

Teachers and students at Julian Cho Technical High School in Punta Gorda staged a small
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PSU Team to Assist GOB Crack Down on Price Gougers

In today’s Cabinet brief, Government announced that it is taking active measures to crack down
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Belize receives 10 million USD to invest in education and

The Government of Belize is being provided with a ten million US dollar grant through
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GOB says MCC funds will be spent efficiently and transparently

The Government of Belize has committed to spending the funds provided by the MCC efficiently
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Belize wants to become less energy dependent on Mexico

The Government of Belize and the Millennium Change Corporation (MCC) are hoping to steer the
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Farmers to get post-Hurricane Lisa assistance

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) and the United Nations World Food
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Ninety Belize City streets to be fixed

Ninety streets in Belize City will undergo much-needed repairs according to Belize City Mayor Bernard
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Holy Emmanuel Street no longer a dirt road says Mayor

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner says that residents of Holy Emmanuel Street will no longer
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PCC Conducts Stakeholder Consultations Regarding Constitution Reform

Over eighteen months, the People’s Constitution Commission will conduct several informative and educational consultation campaigns.
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PM Briceño Breaks Silence on Belize City Port Project Problems

The situation between Stake Bank Enterprise Limited and Port of Magical/ Portico continues to unfold
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PM Briceño Addresses Waterloo’s Call for International Arbitration

And on the other hand, Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited continues to persist in its case
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Public Workers’ Increments to be Restored

Public service officers can expect their increments to be reinstated within the new fiscal year.
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GOB Willing to Have Stakeholder Involvement in Pension Reform Exercise

The Government of Belize is looking to undertake a comprehensive pension reform program. This program
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APSSM President to retire; optimistic about JUNT negotiations with GOB

The Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM) is likely going to see a change
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Prime Minister Says No New Taxes in the Upcoming Fiscal

The Government is finalizing its new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Prime Minister, John
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Career banker takes over as Chairman of the KHMHA

Today, career banker, Martin Marshalleck, takes over as Chairman of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital
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Minister Bernard weighs in on his acquisition of public space

A parcel of land in Carmelita Village measuring just over an acre, which was designated
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PM Briceño Comments on Allegations of Minister Kevin Bernard’s Land

Prime Minister John Briceno was candidly asked if he was aware of Bernard’s acquisition of
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Was the Belize Dry Cleaners Limited jilted by the Ministry

The Minister of Health has weighed on his ministry’s decision to resubmit the tender for
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Who replaces Sharon Fraser as the country’s next Chief Magistrate?

Who will be the next Chief Magistrate? That’s a question that’s still without a definitive
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Chief Magistrate speaks candidly about her being accused of ‘inciting’

Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser is demitting office later this month as she’s retiring from the
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Sugar Cane Producers from the North Request Sugar Price Increase

Members of the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association (CSCPA) and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers
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Addressing the Haitian Irregular Migration

Irregular migration is a global phenomenon that affects countries around the world, and Belize is
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Re-evaluating CITCO’s Parking Meter Pilot Project

The Belize City Council’s Parking Meter Pilot Project comes to an end on March 31
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Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, and the private sector

If you purchase a pack of cookies or chips from companies in the region, chances
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BDF Gets new Cessna Caravan aircraft

The Belize Defence Force received a brand new Cessna Caravan aircraft into its fleet today.
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Stake Bank wants GOB to approve Port Policy now

The government needs to approve – post-haste – the final draft of the Port Policy.
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CCJ Receives update on 2015 Consent Order

The Caribbean Court of Justice this morning received a status update from the Government of
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An update on F-PIC Protocol

During this morning’s session, the Free Prior Informed Consent Protocol was also discussed. While GOB
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BWS Provides and Update on Current Water Shortage in Placencia

 The Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) forges on with the project in Placencia, Stann Creek
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Minister Jose Mai: ‘we need to know what’s happening’ following

Two weeks ago, we reported on a far-reaching sickout undertaken by public officers. Ministries and
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Ministry of Agriculture launches long-term dairy strategy

The Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Enterprise has launched the National Dairy Strategic Plan.
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Taiwan and Honduras have new ambassadors to Belize

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Froyla Tzalam today received the credentials of the new ambassadors
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The Lobster Season comes to an end

The Fisheries Department has announced that the Caribbean Spiny Lobster season will close tomorrow. The
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JPAC holds meeting after a brief delay

Members of the National Assembly’s Joint Public Accounts Committee today met in Belmopan. This is
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Rules on Environmental Impact Assessments adjusted

The rules, which relate to Environmental Impact Assessments, were adjusted this week. Specifically, the changes
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NTUCB says the BBA needs to stand their ground

 And, while the BBB feels the bus owners should be merging, the NTUCB says the
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JUNT and the GOB to meet in less than a

In less than a week, the Joint Union’s Negotiating Team (JUNT) will be meeting with
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The NTUCB says it is standing in solidarity with the

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) says it’s standing with the Joint Unions
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Alleged predatory teacher no longer in the classroom says Education

The teacher from Canaan SDA High School accused of sexual misconduct against a student is
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St. Mary’s Primary School to receive a new building

 The Ministry of Education is working with the Social Investment Fund (SIF) to provide St.
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Albert Area Rep. Tracy Panton speaks on John Saldivar’s resurgence

In our extended interview with the Albert Area Representative, Tracy Taegar-Panton, this week, she discussed
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Minister Fonseca says he has never seen the opposition at

“I have never seen the opposition at such a low point”: that’s what Minister of
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Freetown Area Rep says he is unfazed by his incoming

The current area representative for the Freetown constituency, Francis Fonseca, says he is unfazed by
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