Plans to rename the Hummingbird Highway are underway by the Government of Belize. The Garinagu community has been tasked with proposing a name for the Hummingbird Highway as part of this year’s celebrations. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the proposal yesterday during his address for Garifuna Settlement Day in Dangriga.
Rt.Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Dangriga where when we have a day like today where the air is crisp and the sun is bright we think that Dangirga is so particularly blessed. You’ll understand now why I say again it is a tremendous pleasure to be here with you this morning for the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day. The government is particularly pleased that the Humming Bird Highway is being completely refurbished and that contributed to the wonder of the drive this morning as I came along and I want to say that there is going to be consultation with you, with the elders, because we are determined to rename the Humming Bird Highway and it is just for you to tell us which Garifuna hero it must now be named after. There are outstanding Garinagu in all professions, I think particularly in view of the Minister of National Security in our security forces, in the police, in the army but in fact there are outstanding Garinagu in all professions and in every single walk of life- in particular the Garinagu of Belize are to be congratulated for their continuing determination to maintain their cultural values for in preserving and revitalizing their culture they preserve and revitalize Belize.”
The Hummingbird Highway is one of the four major highways in Belize. It connects Belmopan to Dangriga and was completely paved in 1994.