Archive for June, 2008

Revenue Magistrate asks Belize Telemedia to pay Business Tax

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

On June 24, 2008, it was announced that Revenue Magistrate, Ed Usher, has ordered Belize Telemedia to pay business tax. The sum to be paid accounts for $ 4 663 249 for February 2008 and March 2008.

The order was made at a hearing that was held at the Magistrate’s Court, Belize City.

The Magistrate also ordered the sum of $ 2 360 559 to be paid by July 1, 2008 and the balance of $ 2 302 690 to be paid by July 8, 2008.

It should be noted that the order follows the ruling of the Chief Justice as of June 23, 2008 that dismisses Telemedia’s application for an injunction to restrain the Government of Belize from collecting business tax.

Channel 5 sold

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

On June 17, 2008, British billionaire Michael Ashcroft took control of Channel 5 TV through Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL).

Former Belize Times editor and Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (before her party, the PUP, lost the elections) Amalia Mai will replace Stewart Krohn as the Chief Executive Officer and news director of Channel 5.

Krohn, who has been the CEO of Great Belize Productions, Channel 5’s parent company, said that “the biggest mistake BTL could ever make is to try to influence the news output of this station, because a station is only as strong as its credibility in the public”.

The deal was concluded in the beginning of June. Krohn received the money for his shares on June 13.

Belize Prime Minister goes to New York Conference on the Caribbean

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

On June 18, 2008, Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean O. Barrow, left Belize. He went to New York in order to participate in the Conference on the Caribbean along with other CARICOM leaders.

The New York conference held on June 19 – June 20 is focused on education and investment, and it is also aimed to facilitate engagement with the Caribbean Diaspora.

At the 28th meeting of CARICOM Heads carried out in July 2007, Heads of Government held talks with Congressman Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. At the meeting, they engaged in an exchange of views on numerous issues of interest to the Caribbean Community. Congressman Rangel invited CARICOM Heads to New York. The visit was proposed to take place in June 2008 so that it coincided with Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The Prime Minister of Belize is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, and the Chief Executive Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Audrey Wallace. The delegation is scheduled to return to Belize on June 23.

Building Seminar held by Ministry of Economic Development

Monday, June 9th, 2008

On June 7 and June 8, the Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection hosted a Seminar for Government Ministers and Chief Executive Officers, Ministers of State, the Cabinet Secretary and the Financial Secretary. The Team Building Seminar was titled “Working Together”.

The working seminar was aimed at outlining the responsibilities and roles of both parties as well as at further improving the relationship between themselves that would be beneficial for transparency, good governance, accountability and efficiency within government.

The Commonwealth Secretariat sponsored the Team Building Seminar. Presenters included the former 3-term Prime Minister of Barbados, Mr. Owen Arthurs; Consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Verieux Mourillon; Former Cabinet Secretary of the Province of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Tony Dean; and Head of the Caribbean and Militarian Section of the Governance and Institutional Development of the Commonwealth Secreatariat, Dr. Deryck Brown, who also was Head of the participating team to Belize.