Cabinet ministers have met with the leadership of Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), the Association of Public Senior Service Managers (APSSM) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) as part of government’s ongoing budget consultations. The consultation is focused on meaningful ways of working together to find practical, equitable solutions to the critical financial situation facing the nation. And to address the dire financial situation Prime Minister John Briceno has to make the difficult decision of budget cuts. Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa says that all ministries will experience budget cuts.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries: “I believe we will be seeing cuts across all ministries but as you know we are right now enlisting an additional 225 police officers in the coming weeks and months ahead for training at the Police Training Academy and so you might not be seeing the cut but the fact is we’re getting an increase in the number of officers. While there would be an increase in the budget we’re going to try to keep that number very very low because like I said we are in very austere times and we have to take austere action. This week Cabinet will be meeting to discuss the details of what types of cuts are expected at each ministry level and so that is where that exercise will take place.”