Did the Leader of the Opposition go too far by reaching out to international parties over Definitive Agreement ?
The Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) is not the only entity that Opposition Leader, Shyne Barrow, had written to regarding the Definitive Agreement with Belize and Portico Enterprises. Barrow had also written to the Ombudsman, requesting an investigation into the agreement, and the UDP’s Lindsay Garbutt had written to The Nature Conservancy, asking that they investigate the Definitive Agreement and determine whether it falls in line with the agreement the TNC had made with Belize via the Blue Bond Project. While the Definitive Agreement and its outrageous accommodations are not to be taken lightly, Barrow’s actions have been questioned; is he going too far by reaching out to these international parties? Is he discouraging investment in Belize? Our newsroom asked him to respond to these questions.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “I didn’t write anyone to discourage them from doing business in Belize.”
Reporter: You told Royal Caribbean
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “To look at the other.”
Reporter: If elected you all would review all the agreements. You can’t say anything more chilling than that to an investor saying that you’re investing in something but we’re gonna shake stuff up.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “I was very specific and I was talking about Portico and I directed Royal Caribbean to Stakebank and Waterloo so I did not tell them to not do business in Belize. I told them not to do business with Portico and I have no regret for that because I believe that will be a waste of time and a waste of Belize’s time and it will not solve the problem of tendering so I’ll be Prime Minister before Portico ever builds anything.”
There is more coming from the opposition leader, including another round of attacks on the Police Commissioner, later in this newscast.