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GOB says DAVCO supports oil exploration in southern Belize

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Dean Barrow met on Friday with the executive of the Toledo District Association of Village Councils (DAVCO) to discuss oil exploration in the south.

The government’s press office issued a press release which stated that the association has put full support behind the endeavor “citing its benefits to education, health and infrastructure in the Toledo District.”

But according to the government the association agreed to go further than that and to engage their communities in a series of consultations to gain support for the initiative.

The release names Ministers of Forestry and Technology, Lisel Alamilla and Joy Grant, as well as Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Technology, Dr. Colin Young as government representatives at the meeting.

In sharp response to what the press release claims, however, Greg Ch’oc, executive director of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) told the Reporter this weekend that the DAVCO representatives only spoke on their personal behalf and their support did not reflect that of their wider organization. While he could not confirm reports that there is a move afoot to create a Toledo Association of Maya Village Councils there is the belief among some Mayas that DAVCO does not represent the communities’ views.

(Pic: GOB Press Office)

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