Government & Politics

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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The UDP comes with clean hands to help address crime,

The United Democratic Party says it wants to be engaged in efforts for Belize to
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Agriculture Minister Mai receives pro-temp presidency of SICA’s agriculture arm

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai yesterday with the Council of
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Belize’s ITVET sector needs significant investment says Education Minister

Minister of Education Francis Fonseca says that the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET)
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Belize has a new STEAM Academy

 In September, the Ministry of Education will open the doors to the Itz’at STEAM Academy.
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Ministry of Agriculture and FAO hold validation workshop to discuss

A stakeholder validation workshop was held yesterday in Belmopan by the Ministry of Agriculture Food
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Dangriga’s Commerce Street gets a facelift

The municipal authorities in Dangriga Town say they are taking their street upgrading campaign very
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Was there a “definitive” Portico Agreement? Former Minister Panton says

Is there a definitive agreement or not? That’s the question that we asked former Minister
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Former Minister Tracy Panton discusses investments in bus industry

Speaking of investments, in our interview with former Minister of State, Tracy Taegar-Panton, we asked
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Is the UDP inserting itself in the bus drama for

At Monday’s press conference by the Belize Bus Association, Philip Willoughby, a former UDP city
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Albert Area Rep calls on GOB to address critical cost

 The Statistical Institute of Belize reports that for the month of January 2023, the consumer
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External trade stats indicate increases in imports and domestic imports

The Statistical Institute of Belize reports that both imports and domestic exports were on the
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Road works commence on the Philip Goldson Highway

 For the next six months, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) will be
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Belize Network of NGOs says Belize can ratify the Escazú

Ratify the Escazú Agreement now! That’s what the Belize Network of NGOs says the Government
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Chairman of Transport Board place on Probabation

And while Transport Minister Rodwell Ferguson can breathe a sigh of relief, bus operators are
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Health Minister Explains why KHMHA Board Chairman was Removed

Three prospective candidates have been identified as a replacement for Dr. Andre Sosa who was
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Minister Bernard says it was not personal

Following the announcement that Minister Bernard had decided to replace Dr Andre Sosa as Board
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Three Candidates Identified to Replace Dr Andre Sosa

 As we mentioned, Arun Hotchandani is the interim chairman of the KHMHA. We asked Minister
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Minister of Health and Wellness responds to KHMH’s concerns

 The KHMHA Workers’ Union announced last week that they’ve suspended their industrial action. That decision
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Same hospital laundry tender presented in six months…what’s up with

In September 2022, The Ministry of Health and Wellness announced that it is looking for
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Belize calls upon the IDB to advance progressive agenda to

A progressive, modern agenda: that the cadence of what Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceño’s
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DOE Assesses the Water Contamination Situation in Alta Vista Village

 For several months, the residents of Alta Vista Village, Stann Creek have been experiencing challenges
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DOE Looking to Move Forward in Full Force to Implement

At the beginning of last year, the Department of the Environment (DOE) announced the nationwide
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DOE Commences Data Collection Process for New and Improved GEO

The Department of the Environment held an inception meeting for the Global Environment Outlook (GEO)
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Taiwan Ambassador David Kuan-Chou Chien says 再见 to Belize

He has been Taiwan’s ambassador to Belize for two years and now, Ambassador David Kuan-Chou
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Labour Ministry discusses child labour in communities across Belize

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines child labour as work, which deprives children of their
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ComPol Reacts to Judgment Against BPD

Earlier in the month, we reported on the judgment handed down by the High Court
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PM Briceño to present budget in March

Prime Minister John Briceño, who is also the Minister of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment,
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PM Briceño addresses IDB Board of Governors in San Pedro

Belize has hosted the 36th annual meeting of the Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank.
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World Bank VP Visits Vulnerable Communities in Belize City

Yesterday we told you about the visit of officials from the World Bank to vulnerable
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The Importance of the National Health Insurance Program

In early 2022, the Briceno Administration announced plans to expand the National Health Insurance (NHI)
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“NCD SYMPOSIUM 2023: Rethinking Priorities Post-COVID”.

Earlier this month, medical professionals in the country attended the Sixth National Health Insurance Symposium,
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FIU holds workshop with stakeholders including Law Enforcement

An awareness workshop was held yesterday at the UB President’s Conference Room in Belmopan.  This
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Belize Bus Assoc. wants the Transport Board Chair gone in

Challenges remain in the public transportation industry and this morning, representatives of the Belize Bus
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BBA heaps criticism on Transport Board about Ritchie’s Bus

During their 90-minute press conference this morning, the Belize Bus Association also called out the
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‘We are not afraid of competition’ but BBA says Floralia

The members of the Belize Bus Association have reiterated their stance this morning that they
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Dangriga Nurses Want More Pay and Better Benefits

A group of nurses at Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek staged a
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IMF Conclude 2023 Article IV Mission In Belize

The recent Belize Staff Concluding Statement of the 2023 Article IV Mission by the International
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Building Resilience to Climate Change Is Imperative for Belize’s Future

The IMF’s statement also emphasized the urgent need for Belize to address the growing threat
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Belize’s Macroeconomy Improves; Microeconomy Still Rebounding

The IMF report projects moderate inflation for Belize in 2023. The report notes that inflation
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World Bank reps visit several Belize City communities

Staff members of the World Bank visited vulnerable communities in Belize City. Security Specialist for
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How far are with UNCAC Implementation? Public Service CEO explains

The Government of Belize has yet to fully implement UNCAC- the United Nations Convention Against
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Three GOB Departments participated in a survey

Meanwhile, CEO Zetina says that a survey of three government departments was conducted. He says
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Human Development Minister and U.S. Ambassador participate in start of

Minister of Human Development, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, U.S. Ambassador Michelle Kwan, and Chief Magistrate, Sharon Frazer
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