Clarification of PM Briceno’s definitive agreement statement
There is another point to clarify tonight as part of our housekeeping. As you may have noted, in recent weeks the media has been reporting that Prime Minister John Briceno had declared the Definitive Agreement as legal and binding. Review of our archives, however, has shown that Briceno did not make that direct declaration, but rather, he did say on March 1, 2023, that there was a possibility of it being binding. We find it necessary to make this clarification as we have observed a number of lawsuits being filed due to the media reports surrounding the Definitive Agreement between Portico Enterprises Limited and the Government of Belize. For context, here is that interview done with Briceno when he had attended an event at Price Barracks, Ladyville.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “They are two private entities throwing words at one another and that’s between them. We as a government we’re here to be able govern and ensure that whatever investment or whatever approvals were made by the Government of Belize can be carried out. If the definitive agreement, and I’ve not seen it, was signed by the minister responsible then obviously it is going to be binding because it’s the government of Belize that signed it. But I will not get into the back and forth between the two entities that’s amongst them. As you rightly pointed out that’s a legal question and that would be something for the Attorney General’s ministry to take a look at and then to advise the Cabinet.”
Again, that interview was done on March 1, 2023. At that time, Prime Minister Briceno noted that he was yet to see the Definitive Agreement.