Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has delivered his 2019 New Year Message. This traditional message is closely watched as it borders on a State Of The Nation Address. The address highlights 2018 achievements and challenges, and signals G.O.B.’s way forward in the new year. Here are the highlights by the Belize.com Editors.
In the first half of 2018 Belize G.D.P. grew by 3.4 percent.
Belize will end 2018 with no less that a 3.5. percent overall economic expansion according to The Statistical Institute of Belize projections.
Tourism expenditure as a share of G.D.P. has increased from 20.5 per cent in 2017, to almost 25 per cent in 2018.
Shrimp production is on the rebound leading a third quarter marine export of 43 per cent. Citrus, livestock and banana exports are increasing.
Signing ceremony for the Kuwait portion funding agreement for the Carocol Maya Archaeological Maya Site road is set for mid-January. This U.S. $90M project will now be fully funded and provide access to one of Belize’s premier archaeological attractions and open up access to farming and tourism opportunities.
New funding is in the pipeline for the San Estevan and Progresso road and the new road from Corozal, Copperbank and Chunox – both to benefit Sarteneja in Belize’s Corozal District.
$10M Micro Credit financing though the Belize National Bank to come on stream in 2019 benefiting small entrepreneurs, startups, farmers, rural and urban crafts and arts makers, and small tourism tourism operators.
Government’s South side BOOST (welfare) program now to be launched nationwide.
Transparent B.P.O company (Business Process Outsourcing) to make Belize it’s premiere location, building out infrastructure and providing 1,500 jobs.
Fyffes’ U.S. $90M investment in banana farming in southern Belize to positively impact some 1,400 Belizean workers.
The Belize Police Department will remain the centrepiece to eliminate the triple scourge of gangs, guns and drugs. 2019 will see a more concentrated effort of reform for a more effective Belize Police Department. Government shall provide for much needed additional financial and logistical resources.
Explains why Belizeans should consider voting yes to going to the I.C.J. so as to assuredly resolve our problems with Guatemala. Cites immutable facts of international law, case law precedents and Belize’s definitive right to its territory intact.