Opposition Leader joins CWU in taking issue with lack of stakeholder consultation in new port board installment
The Christian Workers Union is not the only entity concerned about the government’s interim board of directors for the Port of Belize. The government unveiled the board members yesterday and stirred quite a commotion with the union representing the ports’ stevedores. Today, Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow joined the CWU in taking issue with the lack of stakeholder consultation in putting the board together. Barrow says the port deal, valued at nearly two hundred million dollars, is too important to not consult all stakeholders.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “This is quintessential Briceno administration everything done in the dark, everything done without any consultations in most instances and with extremely limited engagement of the stakeholders that are impacted. I was shocked to hear the Senator for the NTUCB say and confirm that not even the board member former President Elena Smith knew that she was tapped for that board. We understand it is an interim board but how difficult – they have been negotiating this acquisition of the port the renationalization of the port for months how difficult is it to while having these negotiations say “let us constitute an interim board.” reach out to the union, reach out to the trade and commerce, reach out to whatever other stakeholders you think should be on this board so that once the acquisition is approved by the National Assembly we can move post haste. So terrible management of a very serious situation by the Prime Minister and it begs the question that we’re starting bad how is it that we’re going to actually make the port everything that it should be for the Belizean people as far as profitability, as far as ensuring that we have a board that is going to treat with the workers at the port, the stevedores in a fashion that protects their rights that gives them dignity and ensures for the smooth operation of the port.”
The board is chaired by Past PUC Chairman Gilbert Canton Sr., with attorney-at-law Pricilla Banner, accountant Warren Coye, businesswoman Leidi Urbina, engineer Carlton Young, chairman of the Belize Port Authority Major Lloyd Jones, and former president of the Belize National Teachers’ Union Elena Smith serving as board members.