During today’s interview on vaccines and other national issues, Prime Minister John Briceno responded to the public’s outcry surrounding his statement on Belize having limited talent. According to the PM the statement was taken out of context, and what he was actually referring to was the capacity constraints that the country faces particularly when it comes to certain specializations.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “I think it was something that was totally taken completely out of context. I agree that we can’t govern by social media but it’s important to make this abundantly clear. It is regrettable that people have misunderstood or twisted around what I said and for that if there’s anybody that felt offended by what I aid I apologize, that was not what I wanted to do. The people the UDP is trying to make a case of they’re forty persons and we have twenty six PUP area representatives that were elected we’re talking about forty persons and these forty persons are also talented but like them there are many other Belizeans that are talented. When Dean Barrow was the Prime Minister every year her laments that they lose out from loans they can’t get going or they lose free money that was given to them because there were constraints or capacity constraints so I think he was referring to that. We want to reach out everybody, we said that we area government for the people, we want to create opportunities for people and we are going to do everything possible to create those opportunities for everyone.”
The statement on limited talent has taken on a life of its own on social media this week. It has also spurred a debate on whether earning an education degree is equivalent to having specialization skills.