Archive for November, 2007

Libertad Sugar Factory sale finalized

Friday, November 30th, 2007

In the beginning of November, the Government of belize has announced that the sale of the Libertad Sugar Factory has been finalized as far as payment for the factory was made to the Government on November 1, 2007.

The sale of the factory is a result of the approval by the National Assembly earlier in 2007. The sum of money paid to the Government of Belize

The factory will now be utilized by two companies – Merconsult S.A. of Panama and Destillint S.A. of Mexico. These companies have joined resources to buy the Libertad plant in order to convert it to an ethanol-producing distillery.

According to the estimations made by the companies, for the project to come on-stream they will need to spend about USD 32 million.

Dr. Alfredo Oranges, Mercosult representative, said that Destill Belize Ethanol, the new Belizean company, will create many good jobs and will have as an immediate impact on the economy of the North. He also noted that Destillint S.A. is the largest producer of ethanol in Mexico, and its expertise and knowledge of international markets will provide Destil Belize Ethanol with a possibility to produce and export ethanol so that a growing global demand would be satisfied.

Belize’s Minister of Agriculture, Vildo Marin said that he is happy that the Libertad factory is being re-opened.

New Senator appointed in Belize

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

In the beginning of November, new Senator was officially appointed in Belize. Dr. David Hoy became a Senator and replaced Mr. Anthony Chanona, who resigned earlier in 2007.

Dr. Hoy swore at the meeting of the senate on November 21, 2007.

Dr. Hoy, 48, is an ophthalmologist who has had his private practice for the past 17 years. Dr. Hoy also offers his services to the Government on a rotational basis in order to cover emergency cases at the tertiary level at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. For the period 1989-1994, he has been head of the Ophthalmology Department of Belize.

10th Regional Forum on Renewable Energies to be held in Belize

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

The Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Belize will host the 10th Regional Forum on Renewable Energy. The Forum will be held in Belize from on November 20-22, 2007 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel.

This year forum will be focused on “Renewable Energies in the Sugar Industry in Central America”.

The 10th Regional Forum is to be attended by 150 representatives from Central American regional government, non-government and private sector who will join in discussions on the status of renewable energy programmes in Central America, energy efficiency, ethanol production, as well as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) financial opportunities aimed to promote renewable energy in the region.

Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EEP, Dr. Markku Nurmi, and other officials arrived in Belize on November 12.

On November 15, Belize ’s media met with Dr. Markku Nurmi in order to discuss various development plans proposed for Belize and other Central American countries.

Belize Audubon Society urges to support Lamanai Declaration

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Concerned with the Lamanai Declaration II launched on November 8, 2007, the Belize Audubon Society and other organizations have taken the initiative on the road for National Participation.

The Lamanai Declaration II requires action from the Government as regards environmental issues. Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society, Anna Hoare said that the Society is still collecting signatures in order to make this declaration formally to the government and agencies.

In the middle of November, 4 days were chosen to go to the districts to collect the signatures from Belizeans. Anna Hoare said that the Lamanai Declaration really is a document drafted by all interested parties in order to call on the government to follow up these recommendations that regard protected areas, long term national development as well as implementation of a sustainable tourism strategy.

Hoare emphasized that the environmental issues are included in the Lamanai Declaration II affect the entire Belize and therefore the process should be taken to a national level.