Elections are less than one year away, and the next elected Prime Minister will have to deal with the current loans being made to address the economic hardships and the job to reboot the economy. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the economy going forward and indicated that more than likely the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will come. The trouble with the IMF visit is that they are known for making recommendations of retrenchment and salary cuts. It is a real possibility that Belize faces. One person who is seeking to be the next country leader is the former Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. Faber spoke on this issue since he maintains his desire to be the next UDP leader and subsequently the next Prime Minister.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture: “Well I side perfectly with the Prime Minister in that regard that we want to do anything like that absolutely as a last resort. I think history has taught us as a country but most specifically as a party in government that retrenchment is never an ideal thing. There is no secret as you’ve mentioned the Prime Minister has also hinted to it that’s going to be a tough road forward but it is all the more reason why you need good sound leadership at the helm of this ship. You need somebody who understands that it’s not going to be easy that there are certain things that you can’t white wash and you can’t pretend. It’s going to be a tough time moving forward and whichever party is in power a leader who does not endorses that and understand that that’s the case and does his best to ensure that people understand that right away. You know you don’t want to scare people I don’t want people go away after listening to the news this evening feeling that well if Faber comes it’s all pain and doom but we are experiencing tough times not of our making and the measures that will be needed to fix things might not be as pleasant. Where it is that we can give a spoon full of sugar then okay but by and large it’s going to be a tough road but it is a challenge that I’m prepared to take and I’m hoping that the Belizean people will give the UDP a chance to continue that job whenever the election gong is sounded later on this year or maybe even next year we don’t know.”