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Belize Represented at ECLAC meeting in Cuba
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Belize Represented at ECLAC meeting in Cuba

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter Belize’s Minister for Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, Erwin Contreras, represented the country at 37th Session of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), held in Havana, Cuba, from May 7-11. H.E. Annie Burns and First Secretary, Shantal Marin, from […]

Confusion over teacher salary deductions
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Confusion over teacher salary deductions

By Benjamin Flowers Members of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) were preparing to withhold financial contributions from school managements pending a salary deduction; however, the Belize Association for General Managers of pre and primary schools said this week that no such deductions were forthcoming. Reports are that the association […]

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Value of Belize’s imports from Guatemala 7 times that of exports

By Adele Ramos, Freelance Journalist For the last month on record, March 2018, the value of Belize’s imports to Guatemala was substantially more than what is exported to that country. Although the trade deficit fell in March due to a decline in imports and an increase in exports, the deficit […]

Fuel Prices at home, Geopolitics Abroad
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Fuel Prices at home, Geopolitics Abroad

The degree of ‘business friendliness’ in the domestic economy is unquestionably an important factor in the growth prospects of local businesses. This is why a large part of the work of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) revolves around the championing and advocating for policies that eases the […]

Guatemalan social media rhetoric against Belize condescending and racist
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Guatemalan social media rhetoric against Belize condescending and racist

By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter The responses of Guatemalans to the article, “Climate change activists should strongly resist Guatemala’s unfounded claim,” which was published in last week’s edition of the Reporter and shared on social media, expose the condescending and racist thinking still held by some of those who live […]

NGC addresses pressing concerns
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NGC addresses pressing concerns

By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter Garifuna communities in Belize have voiced the need for respect of their ancestral lands and have identified unemployment, educational and career development, health and wellness, and the disconnect they say they have felt with leaders of the Garifuna community as some of the most pressing […]

Crime constraining tourism growth and earnings
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Crime constraining tourism growth and earnings

By Adele Ramos, Freelance Reporter Although Belize continues to boast unprecedented records in tourism arrivals, with an increase of 25% in overnight tourism and 5% in cruise tourism for the first quarter of 2018, studies indicate that the crime situation in Belize and the rest of the Caribbean court is […]

GOB to spend $34 million on airport link road
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GOB to spend $34 million on airport link road

By Benjamin Flowers The government of Belize signed a contract this week valued at BZ $34,274,306.17 for the construction of the Airport Link Road. Minister of Works, Rene Montero signed the contract over to CISCO Construction on Monday, for works to begin immediately after the sign date. Funds for the […]

Empirical Costs of Corruption
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Empirical Costs of Corruption

At least once per month the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)’s Business Perspective TV and Radio Show, the broadcast counterpart to this column, seeks to feature a discussion (and where possible) an update on the United Nations Convention Against Convention (UNCAC) and its relevance to the Belizean economy […]

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Roof repair contract for KHMH goes to tender

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) is seeking a local construction company to conduct the remedial works on the hospital’s ceiling and roof. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health Ramon Figueroa, who sits on the board at the KHMHA, confirmed that the […]