The Southern Workers Union (SWU) has issued a list of demands to the Government of Belize surrounding the Commerce Bight Port Project. The union issued a release indicating that they have launched a petition, and a movement to resume the works at the port for the betterment of the residents in Dangriga, and surrounding areas. By way of a letter to both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition the SWU is giving the government until April 28, 2021 to return to the meeting table to implement the recommendations set forth by the Recological System Limited (RSL). RSL is an organization that the government had entered an agreement with in June 2018 to have RSL reopen and develop the Commerce Bight Port. Prime Minister Briceno had spoken on this issue back in February 21 when he was on a campaign visit in Dangriga.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “The Commerce Bight Port was pretty much given away I think it was for $2,500 a year – $500 a year for about twenty years to a foreign company and that was signed two days before the election. We are at the moment looking at that on the process of finding a way how we can cancel that agreement because it was illegally done and once we can regain control of that then we can see how best we can put it to work. You area representative Honorable Louis Zabaneh, Louis is working on a plan how we can bring smaller tourists boats that come in, cruise ships the smaller ones that can probably land here and to set up a tourist village and to create jobs and opportunities for people but it will take time and I ask the people in Dangriga to give us time, to work with us, to cooperate. We’re not going to let you down. We’re going to do everything possible to be able to make your lives better.“
In addition, the Southern Workers Union is asking that government proceed expeditiously the Power Purchasing Agreement between BEL and Sea One LLC. The release ended by appealing to the Prime Minister saying, quote, “there is a dire need for economic activities to take place in Dangriga and in extension the country. The Commerce Bight Pier/Port is essential for job creation, economic sustainability for poor people, in the south.” End of quote. Love News understands that the union is hoping to have the port reopen in August 2020.