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Success of Heads of Mission Engagement: Diplomats Discuss Economic Initiatives

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Fonseca says the recent Heads of Mission Engagement was a
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Opposition Leader Criticizes State of Emergency Following Recent Murder

The Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow says the current State of Emergency (SOE)
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Caribbean Telecommunication Union Hosts Meetings in Belize

Representatives from all over the Caribbean were in Belize last week for the Caribbean Telecommunication
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Jamie-Lee Usher Denies Interest in Belize City Administrator Seat Amid

An article published on Hot off the Press earlier today has named Jamie-Lee Usher as
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Belize City Council and Christian Workers Union Stalled in Collective

Despite months of negotiations, the Belize City Council and the Christian Workers Union are yet
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Anthony Boots Martinez’s Recall Petition Falls Short by 96 Signatures

96 signatures – that is the amount that Anthony Boots Martinez would have needed to
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UDP Supports PEACE Movement’s push for redistricting

The next General Elections should be held sometime next year; however, the issue of redistricting
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Bejerano Family Challenges Ministry’s Eviction Order in Toledo District

The Bejerano family in the Toledo District continues to fight against what they say is
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Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers Prompt Upgrades at PGIA

Tourism in Belize closed out the month of March with a record-breaking number of visitors.
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Belize Launches Laboratory Information Management System to Enhance Forensic Capabilities

The Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) was officially launched this morning, spearheaded by the Ministry
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Cabinet Reshuffle Raises Questions About Oversight as Backbenchers Assume Ministerial

On April 3, the Government of Belize announced a reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios which included
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Opposition Alarmed by Minister’s Alleged Political Interference in Corozal Elections

Minister of State, Elvia Vega-Samos is being looked at by the opposition as pulling political
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Belize Hosts Annual HOME Event, Welcoming Heads of Mission

The Heads of Mission from around the world are home in Belize for the annual
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Minister Perez Returns to Cabinet Amidst Controversy, Colleague Voices Support

Amidst the reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios, last week was the announcement that Minister Andre Perez
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Minister Involved in Road Traffic Incident, Sustains Minor Injuries

Minister of Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and Cayo Northeast Area Representative, Orlando Habet was
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New Pre-Primary School Construction Begins in Gales Point Manatee

Ground was broken this morning in Gales Point Manatee for a new pre-primary school in
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Belmopan Mayor Addresses Controversy Surrounding Finance Director’s Hiring

Belmopan Mayor, Pablo Cawich has commented on the hiring of Flavio Tzalam as the Finance
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Government Expects Resolution in Belize/Guatemala Differendum Within Two Years

The Government is anticipating that the Belize/Guatemala differendum should be resolved in about two years. 
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US Senator’s Objection Casts Doubt on Meeting Regarding MCC Grant

The Government of Belize is gearing up to meet with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) officials
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120 House Lots Allocated in Rural Stann Creek

120 house lots were distributed in rural Stann Creek yesterday.  Each lot measures ten thousand
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New Ministers of State Sworn In: Belmopan Welcomes Three Appointees

The three newly appointed Ministers of State were officially sworn in yesterday in the City
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First-Time Mayor Dives In: Belmopan’s Pablo Cawich’s First Month Report

Recently elected, first-time Mayor for Belmopan, Pablo Cawich is one of the nine municipal leaders
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Belmopan Initiates ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Project: Mayor Cawich’s Environmental Agenda

Belmopan’s Mayor, Pablo Cawich met recently with representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 
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Council Clash: San Ignacio/Santa Elena Councillor Sandra Tosh Lanza Calls

The circumstances surrounding an upset within the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council are still being
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Former Public Servant Charles Bartlett Hyde Laid to Rest at

Charles Bartlett Hyde has transitioned at age 100.  The former career public servant was laid
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Cabinet Reshuffle: Changes and New Faces in Briceno Administration

Several Cabinet portfolios were shuffled earlier today within the Briceno Administration.  The move saw Andre
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Andre Perez Returns to Cabinet Amid Unresolved Allegations

With the changes now in effect, the matter of Andre Perez and his re-inclusion into
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SI 39 of 2024: PUC’s Efforts Towards Electricity Market Competition

Statutory Instrument Number 39 of 2024 was approved on March 4, 2024.  It is a
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National Gender Policy 2024-2030 Promises Inclusivity

The revised National Gender Policy 2024-2030 promises to be all-inclusive, according to President of the
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Belize Mourns Passing of Prominent Ambassador, David Allan Kirkwood Gibson

David Gibson, a native of Belmopan, was a prominent figure back in the 1990s when
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Belize Amnesty Applications Under Review, Thousands Await Decision

The Ministry of Immigration has announced that the revision of amnesty applications are still under
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Government Emphasizes Education Investments and Mandatory School Age Expansion

Belize has gotten the approval of forty million US dollars to invest in skills-for-the-future training
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PM Briceno Hosts #PlanBelize Forum with Newly Elected Mayors

Prime Minister John Briceno has taken off the Easter Break, but not before bringing all
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Senate Inquiry Postponed Amid Accusations of Bias and Flawed Invitations

Today was to be the next sitting of the Special Senate Inquiry.  The event, however,
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Belize Awaits ICJ Date for Territorial Dispute with Guatemala

Belize is currently awaiting a date to be set by the International Court of Justice
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Belize Explores Collaboration with Mexico’s Tren Maya Railway Project

A delegation including Ambassadors Jaime Briceño and Haisam Diab, along with Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico,
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Historic Achievement: Belize Ratifies UN Ocean Biodiversity Agreement

Belize has made history by being the first Caribbean nation to officially ratify the groundbreaking
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Opposition Senator Leaves Senate Debate After Only Thirteen Minutes

While political freedoms are not practiced in many countries across the world, Belize enjoys the
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Senator Herrera Critiques Budget Draft, Questions Allocation Ratios

Senator Herrera utilized the full-time allotted to each member. In the last leg of his
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Indigenous Groups Denounce Government’s New Director of Indigenous People’s Affairs

The Maya Leader Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcalde’s Association (TLA) are denouncing the appointment
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First-Time Landowners Visit Properties in Dangriga Town Distribution

Dozens of first-time landowners from the Culture Capital, Dangriga Town, were able to visit their
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Weak Opposition Presence Nearly Ends Budget Debate Early

The final day of this year’s Budget Debate ended just before news time, but the
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Heated Exchange Budget Debate as Hon.Patrick Faber Calls Former PM

As is the norm, things got heated today in the House of Representatives after Collett’s
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Opposition Criticizes Government’s Health Insurance Scheme Expansion

Collet’s Area Representative Patrick Faber also rose to criticize the government’s expansion of the National
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Tourism Sector Expects Significant Growth in 2024, Minister Reports

The Ministry of Tourism is expecting a major jump in tourism numbers for 2024, which
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Pickstock Representative Counters Opposition’s Claims on Economic Reports

During his presentation, Pickstock Area representative Anthony Mahler also rebutted the LOO’s claim that the
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Opposition Calls for Transparency in Public Contract Tendering Amid NHI

Leader of Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow says he’s calling on the Minister of Public Service,
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Fort George Representative Defends Government’s Integrity Amid Opposition’s Accusations

And today the Area Representative for Fort George Henry Charles Usher responded to the LOO’s
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Opposition Leader Agrees with Sugar Cane Farmers’ Call for Inquiry

Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow says he agrees with the Belize Sugar Cane
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Central American Bank Representatives Collaborate with Belize on Health Sector

Representatives of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI) are in Belize to work
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Foreign Affairs Minister Addresses Past and Future Diplomatic Works

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Francis Fonseca took an estimated hour and a
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BSCFA Continues Pressure on PM

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association continues to call on Prime Minister Briceno to force
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Julius Espat Highlights Nationwide Works in Extended Budget Debate Address

Cayo South’s Julius Espat took an estimated 85 minutes for his address where he spoke
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Opposition Demands Transparency: Calls for Key Players in National Health

Additionally, in yesterday’s presentation by the Leader of the Opposition, he called on the Briceno
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BSI/ASR Denounces Belize Government’s Sugar Inquiry, Threatens Legal Action

Less than twenty-four hours after the government approved the Terms of Reference for its Sugar
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Prime Minister Caught in Crossfire as BSI/ASR Rejects Sugar Inquiry

And with BSI/ASR’s denouncement of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), it seems Prime Minister John
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Belize Territorial Volunteers Demand Action Over Illegal Road in Chiquibul

The Belize Territorial Volunteers is calling on all environmental stakeholders to take tangible action following
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National Assembly Kicks Off Budget Debate with Lengthy Presentations

In years past, we have seen heated debates around this time when the new budget
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Retired Public Officers Protest in Belmopan Amid Budget Debate

This morning, while parliamentarians debated the budget, members of the Association of Beneficiaries and Retired
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Belize Cabinet Approves National Gender Policy 2021-2030

Member of the House of Representatives, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia has announced the approval by Cabinet for
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Opposition Leader Slams Government’s Budget as Betrayal: Says GOB’s budget

Ahead of tomorrow’s budget debate for the 2023/2024 fiscal year, the Leader of the Opposition,
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Belize Disabilities Bill 2024 Nears Introduction to House of Representatives

The Ministry of Human Development has concluded its consultations on the Belize Disabilities Bill 2024
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Minister of State Alleges Assault from a member of her

Minister of State for Human Development, Elvia Vega-Samos is alleging that she is in fear
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BSCFA Urges PM Action: Dispute Over Sugar Industry Regulations Sparks

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is calling on the Prime Minister to appeal
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PM Briceno to Meet with CWU Amidst Rising Tensions

The Christian Workers Union (CWU) and Prime Minister John Briceno are expected to meet on
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Bernard Wagner Sworn In for Third Term as Belize City

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner was sworn into office for the third consecutive term this
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Constitution and Foreign Affairs Committee Discusses Criminal Justice Bills in

The Constitution and Foreign Affairs Committee met this afternoon in Belmopan to discuss three Bills,
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Briceno Administration Allocates $5M for Low-Income Housing

The Briceno Administration is allocating five million dollars for low-income homes and housing repairs; but
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UK Parliamentary Delegation Discusses Key Issues with Belize Officials

Four members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association are in Belize to meet with members of
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Tensions between PBL and Stevedores Cooled Down

Tensions were high today at the Port of Belize Limited as the Christian Workers Union
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Port of Belize Standstill: Stevedores Refuse Work Amid Redundancy Payment

Tonight, the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited are at odds once
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Prime Minister Addresses Rising Employment Concerns in Budget Reading

Prime Minister John Briceno has acknowledged the rising issue of employment in the country.  Recently,
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Prime Minister Briceno Unveils Fiscal Year 2024/2025 Budget

Prime Minister John Briceno has presented the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2024/2025.  The
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House Meeting Post-Election: Quiet Opposition, Boastful Government

Today’s House Meeting lasted for about three hours, and surprisingly, there wasn’t much fireworks.  The
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High Court Strikes Down Government’s Sugar Industry Regulations, Deemed Unconstitutional

Attorney for Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) senior council Godfrey Smith says that the Government of
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Municipal Councils Begin Swearing in Across Belize

The swearing-in of the recently elected municipal councils has already begun.  Out west this afternoon,
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House Speaker Valerie Woods Commemorates International Women’s Day in House

Speaker of the House, Valerie Woods opened today’s House Meeting with a personal message on
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Belize Secures $50 Million Grant for Sugar Industry Enhancement from

Belize was selected among eleven countries for a fifty-million-dollar grant from the Green Climate Fund
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Belize Receives $250 Million Grant for Education and Energy Sectors

There is another grant that Belize is benefiting from, this time, through the Millennium Challenge
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Christian Workers Union Accuses Government of Being Sinister in Negotiations

The Christian Workers Union (CWU) says the Government of Belize is being sinister in its
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Employers Reminded of Election Day Regulations

Belizeans head to the polls tomorrow for the 2024 municipal elections, and the Elections and
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Former Belmopan Councilor Speaks Out on her time in office

While there are several politicians in the People’s United Party hoping for re-election, one PUP
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UDP Councilor Candidate Leslie Zelaya Highlights Business Development Initiatives

On the road to the municipal elections, we’ve featured stories on several candidates vying for
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Mayor Wagner Launches Manifesto Ahead of Municipal Election

Bernard Wagner, Belize City’s two-time Mayor, was in the Lake Independence area this morning for
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PM Briceno Supports Municipal Slates Ahead of Wednesday Elections

Prime Minister John Briceno has been making his rounds across the country, lending support to
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Commerce Bight Pier Transformation Planned: Shift Towards Tourism

The Commerce Bight Pier once provided for many families in the south, but in 2020,
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PM Briceno Updates Stevedores Situation: Agreement Hoped for Soon

Prime Minister Briceno also gave an update on the situation with the Christian Workers Union
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GOB breaks ground for the San Pedro Hospital

Today was historic for the islanders of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker as they bore
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World Bank Report Highlights Weakness in Belize’s Education Sector: Minister

Yesterday, we told you of the World Bank Report that was presented in San Ignacio. 
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Challenges in Belize’s Health Sector Highlighted in World Bank Report

 The health sector is another area that the World Bank expressed some concern.  Minister of
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IMF Report: Belize’s Economy Shows Remarkable Growth Despite Global Challenges

With Belize being a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the country is scheduled
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World Bank Joins IMF in Concerns Over Belize’s Public Sector

Interestingly, the IMF is not the only one that has expressed concerns over the public
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Legal Trouble Looms for Former Minister ‘Boots’ Martinez Over Comments

Former minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez may be facing legal troubles over some comments he made
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Minister of Education Provides Update on Negotiations with Belize National

Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca has given an update on the negotiations with the Belize
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