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There has to be an End

I love my country and that will never change. No matter how far away I travel and may reside, my heart and soul will always remain in Belize. The life I experienced growing up in the 1970’s is a far cry from the Belize I see today. As with most […]

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The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize’s SME Credit Gap? Part 7

Last week’s column commenced a conversation on yet another alternative or innovative form of financing for start-ups and SMEs. Fundamentally, because the problem of the SME credit gap is so large, the point has to be consistently underscored that over the years there have been a proliferation of solutions, ranging […]

AG tells churches to “shut up”
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AG tells churches to “shut up”

By Benjamin Flowers Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, has called on the pastors opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana to either offer themselves for political office or keep from making any negative criticisms about the passage of the new legislation. Peyrefitte, speaking after the asencion of the Misuse of […]

ROC Taiwan helps GOB offer services online with BELAPS
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ROC Taiwan helps GOB offer services online with BELAPS

By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter The Government of Belize is moving increasingly into the digital age, by rolling out services which citizens may access securely online from the comfort of their living room or office. This means 24-hour access, no more waiting in line, or having to travel to Belmopan […]

Cuba wins landmark U.N. vote on U.S. embargo
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Cuba wins landmark U.N. vote on U.S. embargo

By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter Cuba won an almost unanimous vote from the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, November 1, to adopt a resolution to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo, which the United States has imposed against Cuba in 1962 after Fidel Castro’s rise to power and […]

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The Politics and Business of Marijuana

Valerie Woods With the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner. Although a […]

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The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize’s SME Credit Gap? Part 6

The last few installments in this series on alternative financing approaches that are useful considerations in bridging the Small-Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)’s credit gap had focused on the usefulness of secured transaction registries (STRs), and how these provide increased protections for creditors using movable assets as collateral. However, true to the […]

GOB decriminalizes Marijuana, less than 10grams
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GOB decriminalizes Marijuana, less than 10grams

By William Ysaguirre Freelance Repoerter The Government of Belize is about to decriminalize marijuana by a Bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, not to exceed 10 grammes, which Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington introduced for its first reading at a Special sitting of […]

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The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize’s SME Credit Gap? Part 5

Last week’s “The Business Perspective” column took a short pause from the access-to-credit discourse, and focused on yet another set of factors affecting the business community and growth: the competition that local businesses have with cross-border purchases. As was stated last week, the idea is not to encourage any government […]

Cost of living was up in September
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Cost of living was up in September

By Benjamin Flowers Keeping with the trend since the start of 2017, new statistics show that the cost of living during the month of September was higher than it was last year. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released its Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Wednesday, showing that Belizeans paid […]