Government & Politics

Number of Haitians Transiting Belize Increasing

And lastly, the Prime Minister was also asked about the increased number of Haitians coming
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Senators Debate General Revenue Appropriation (2023/2024) Bill,

Senators today debated the General Revenue Appropriation (2023/2024) Bill, 2023. The Prime Minister’s budget, entitled
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Senate Supports Taiwan

Also during today’s Sitting of the Senate, the government tabled a motion in support of
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Santa Martha Village has New Health Centre

Santa Martha Village in the Orange Walk District has a new health center. The center
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New Forward Operating Base for Belize Coast Guard

The Belize Coast Guard is tasked with the huge mandate of protecting the country’s marine
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Panamanian cargo ship remains stuck in Belize’s reef

A Panamanian cargo ship remains stuck in a portion of the reef east of Drowned
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Belize’s Correspondent Banking Relations Improving

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Christopher Coye, says that there have
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Minister Coye says NPO Bill is Needed

In related news, Minister Coye also commented on the Non-profit Organization Bill. The purpose of
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Belmopan CITCO and JICA Team for Solid Waste Management Project

A ceremony to kick off the Solid Waste Recycling Project was held this afternoon in
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Better Infrastructure at BDF’s Price Barracks Camp Coming

Ground was broken this morning at Price Barracks in Ladyville for the construction of two
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Alfonso Sanchez is UDP’s Standard Bearer for Toledo West

The United Democratic Party is holding a convention in the Toledo West constituency to elect
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PM Briceño Delivers Speech to Conclude Three-Day Budget Debate

After a robust discourse that took place over the past three days, Prime Minister John
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SFXCU Members Want the Central Bank’s Administrator Out!

In a show of solidarity and determination, members of the Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union
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Belize Rural North Area Rep speaks on works in his

 Today, Belize Rural North Area Representative Marconi Leal Sr. will be rising to offer his
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Ministry of Youth and Sports to launch the Belize Western

The Ministry of Youth and Sports will be opening the doors to the Belize Western
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CITCO installs traffic light on St. Thomas Street

The Belize City Council is hoping to improve the flow of traffic with the installation
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Is CEO Marconi Leal Jr on his way out?

Is Chief Executive Officer Marconi Leal Junior on his way out of the Ministry of
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Marconi Leal Jr. is not on personal leave

We also spoke to Leal’s father, Marconi Leal Senior, the area representative of Belize Rural
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Haitian Nationals Detained; Immigration Officers Are Concerned

Concerns of officers at the Department of Immigration have been brewing amidst the reported maltreatment
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Irregular Migrant Movement Can be Mitigated through Strategic Migration Schemes

The Ministry of Immigration has been conducting investigations into the increasing number of undocumented migrants
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GOB Consults With Yemeri Grove and Laguna Villagers Regarding Land

The Government of Belize continues to dialogue with the people of Yemeri Grove and Laguna
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Minister Balderamos-Garcia Responds to LOO Comments During Budget Debate

The Minister of Human Development, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, responded to comments made by the Leader
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Albert Area Rep. Tracy Panton Criticizes the PM’s Budget Presentation

Day two of the 2023-2024 budget debate got underway this morning at the National Assembly
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Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler Responds to UDP Area Rep.

And as we thought, Panton’s budget debate contribution attracted stinging responses from members on the
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Minister Oscar Requena Responds to UDP’s Criticisms

And doubling down on Tracy Taegar Panton was Toledo West Area Representative Oscar Requena. Requena
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Amnesty Program in Belize Looking to Wrap Up

As the days are winding down to the end of the Amnesty Program’s extension period,
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UNCHR to Provide Post-Amnesty Support in Belize

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking to strengthen the agency’s partnership
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Association of Beneficiaries and Retired Public Officers Protests in Belmopan

Members of the Association of Beneficiaries and Retired Public Officers are protesting in Belmopan today
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PM Briefly meets with Protestors

As mentioned, during the protest, Prime Minister John Briceno, accompanied by Public Service Minister Henry
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2023-2024 Budget Debate Kicks Off

The 2023–2024 budget debate is underway in Belmopan today. Kicking off the debate was Leader
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DPM Cordel Hyde Tells LOO to Get Facts Right

Following the Leader of the Opposition’s speech was Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde. Before speaking
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Education Minister Responds to LOO Comments

The third speaker to participate in today’s budget debate was Education Minister Francis Fonseca. Fonseca,
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Minister Dolores Baldaramos Garcia Tells LOO he should have read

Also doubling down on the LOO’s budget debate contribution was Minister of Human Development, Families,
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Police Minister Speaks on Crime

Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, Kareem Musa, was the fifth speaker today.
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PM Briceno comments on Non-Profit Organizations Bill

The Non-Profit Organizations Bill has been a controversial topic since its inception, leading to concern
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Teodoso Ochoa Digital Connect Center Launched

The Teodoso Ochoa Digital Connect Center was launched yesterday in San Ignacio. The second to
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Central Bank tells the BCUL the SFXCU needs to be

The Central Bank of Belize says it has informed the Belize Credit Union League Limited
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Minister of Sustainable Development meets with Barranco Villagers

The Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management, Orlando Habet, recently met
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President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Visit Belize

Tsai Ing-Wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will lead a delegation on an
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Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia Meet with Mayas of Southern Belize

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, recently met with villagers in the
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Rock Your Socks With Us for World Down Syndrome Day

Belize joins the rest of the world today in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. This
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Dangriga Streets Being Ungraded

The Dangriga Town Council has partnered with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing to
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Ministry of Sustainable Development signs MOU with Nine Wildlife Rehabilitation

Earlier this month, Belize joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Wildlife Day.
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St. Matthew’s Government School ravaged by early morning blaze

Tonight, the faculty, staff, and students of St. Matthew’s Primary School are devastated after a
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MOE pledges to assist St. Matthew’s Government School

The Ministry of Education says it will be working in close collaboration with the Ministry
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US Government releases 2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices

The US Government has released its 2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Belize.
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Lord Ashcroft Sues the GOB

Lord Ashcroft has filed a lawsuit against the government of Belize. It has to do
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Yemeri Grove and Laguna Land Issues Can Be Resolved Through

Residents of Yemeri Grove Village and Laguna Village in southern Belize have expressed their concerns
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A portion of the Machaca is Looking to Be De-Reserved

Yemeri Grove and Laguna Villagers have raised concerns about the possible surveying of land near
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Environmental Tribunal to look for replacement after Lucy Fleming steps

The newly reconstituted Environmental Tribunal has to seek a replacement. That’s because the previously announced
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Rice farmers in Toledo are revitalising the industry

Efforts to revitalize Toledo District’s rice industry are well underway, and yesterday an important step
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MOE Continues to Work with Police to Ensure Safety of

In response to crime and violence that has been occurring in the southern neighborhoods of
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Major Highways and Bridges to be Repaired and Upgraded in

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development has a slew of projects in the pipeline for 2023,
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George Price Highway to Undergo Much-Needed Expansion Project

In addition to repairs and upgrades to existing structures and roadways, the ministry will be
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MIDH Looking to Replace Several Bridges On George Price Highway

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development in Belize is also planning to replace several bridges along
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Minister Chris Coye visits Saudi Arabia

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment, Senator Christopher Coye,
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Restoring Lamanai Archeological Reserve for the Generations to Come

The Lamanai Archeological Reserve has been undergoing a major restoration project over the past year.
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Free Education for Southern High Schools Come Next School Year

And, beginning next school year, secondary education in the South of Belize will be free.
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Maya Centre Villagers Want Chairman to be Removed

Yesterday, we told you about the public meeting held in Maya Centre Village in the
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San Antonio Cayo farmers hold open day in their community

Scores of farmers from various local cooperatives came together yesterday for an open day in
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OW East Area Representatives returns land to the government

Orange Walk East Area Representative Kevin Bernard has returned two point zero seven acres of
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Villagers of Maya Centre Confront Area Representative

The Villagers of Maya Centre in Stann Creek are rejoicing tonight after holding a public
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Minister Requena says Maya Centre Situation Unfortunate

We also caught up with the Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Local Government, and
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Minister Provides Update on Minimum Wage

It has been about two and a half months since the minimum wage increased to
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GOB Getting Ready to Implement Revised Trade Licensing Bill

The revision of the Trade Licensing Bill is getting closer to being finalized and taken
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NHI GM discusses roll out in Orange Walk District

Plans are well underway to include Orange Walkeños in the National Health Insurance Scheme. The
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NHI GM says tendering process to choose the scheme’s clinics

While the Ministry of Health and Wellness and SSB are partnering in the rollout of
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Over eighty Belize City residents receive vocational training

Today, over six dozen Belize City residents graduated from the Tubal Trade and Vocational Institute
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Ministry of Labor Hosts Workshop Promoting the Reduction of Child

Frontline workers from across several ministries participated in a child labor training session. The workshop
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BTB Promoting Belize Through Culinary Experiences

The Belize Tourism Board will be debuting a new series documenting the different culinary practices
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Free Secondary Education to Be Rolled Out in Southern Belize

Free secondary education will soon be available to students in far-reaching areas of the country.
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Belize’s new online business registry gets international recognition

Belize’s Online Business Registry System (OBRS) has received international accolades. ) During the 8th edition
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NGO Community takes on GOB over proposed legislation

The NGO community is once again at odds with the government. This time over the
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Speaker Woods breaks her silence on Shyne’s removal

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Valerie Woods, has broken her silence on Friday’s
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Minister Kareem Musa discusses House drama involving the LOO

It’s a situation that Opposition Leader Moses Barrow says resulted from the Speaker’s erroneous ruling
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Minister Musa say the Speaker is fair

However, the accepted wisdom is that the disruptions and the hurly-burly in the House are
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SSB CEO says Good Stays is expected to repay their

Last year, Good Stays Hotel Limited applied for a 200-hundred-thousand-dollar loan from the Social Security
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SSB wants to invest in projects

The Social Security Board says it wants to invest in meaningful projects. That’s according to
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Minister Musa heads Cabinet sub-committee for sugar

The longstanding impasse in the sugar industry remains unresolved, following a demonstration by the northern
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Police Minister explains budget allocations for community policing

The Ministry of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, like other ministries and departments, had
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Minister Kareem Musa says Belizeans living abroad should vote in

In November 2018, PUP Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa outlined a proposal to amend
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Belize is sticking with Taiwan

In 2019, Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa headed a delegation on what was then
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Tribunal Established for Waterloo Port Expansion Appeal

A newly formed tribunal has been established for adjudicating the appeal made by Waterloo Investment
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San Pedro Residents Raise Concerns about Alleged Dredging Activity

Residents from San Pedro Ambergris Caye have been raising questions regarding dredging occurring on the
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Health Concerns Are Raised As Smoke from Waste Station Persists

And, out west, the residents of Belmopan have been noticing smoke emanating from the waste
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GOB Hosts Two-Day Blue Carbon Workshop

A two-day Blue Carbon Sharing Workshop is being held in Belize to discuss the findings
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New Taiwanese Ambassador Ready to Take on Belize

It has been a little over two weeks since the newly appointed Taiwanese Ambassador to
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House of Representatives looks at Legal Aid Bill, 2023

The members of the House of Representatives had a very loaded legislative day on Friday.
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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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