Archive for September, 2008

US official says security in Belize is a concern

Friday, September 26th, 2008

A senior US official with the US Department of State said that that Belize and the United States continue to maintain a good friendly relationship. However, she said that there are still some pressing issues which the US and Belize need to discuss.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kristen Madison visited Belize from September 17 to September 19. She spent 3 days in Belize to speak with senior government officials as well as visited the OAS representative at the Adjacency Zone near the Benque border with Guatemala.

It is worth noting that the comment on whether or not American citizens should feel safe when on visit in Belize was declined by her. This question was caused by a recent British documentary on gang activities in Belize which was aired on the Internet. The documentary claims that Belize is one of the most dangerous places for living. Madison also commented that security issues is an issue not only for visitors but for Belizeans themselves as well.

Security was one of the issues discussed by Madison and Belizean officials. Madison said that she wants to explore this area and to figure out where the United States’ government can assist Belize in addressing the currently existing security problems.

UDP Audits take place due to public pressure

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

On August 28, the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB) published a release under mounting public pressure. It stated that because of the recent upheaval within the Belize City Council as regards the alleged mishandling of public finances, “the Association of Concerned Belizeans calls upon the Belize City Council and all other municipal bodies to immediately prepare and present to the public the audited financials for their respective municipalities”. In the statement, the ACB asks the public to demand the immediate disclosure of the audited financials from all municipal bodies that currently are governing.

Constitutional Amendments endorsed by Senate majority in Belize

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On August 28, 2008, the Belize Constitution 6th Amendment Bill got the majority approval in the Senate – 9 out of 10 Senators present at the voting were in favor of the bill, while just 1 PUP Opposition member rejected the bill.

When the amendment to the Constitution becomes law, a new Senator would be appointed, and majority control of the Senate will be passed to the Opposition and the non-Government senators. The new Senator will come from the community of non-governmental organizations in Belize.

Belize Electricity responds to PUC clarification

Monday, September 1st, 2008

On September 01, 2008, Belize Electricity Limited issued a response regarding services discontinued by it. This was a response to the clarification made by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

According to Belize Electricity Limited, services of connecting new customers were discontinued because they had reached the maximum ceiling of USD 25 million set by the commission. In accordance with the release issued by the company, there were inconsistencies between the PUC’s final decision and their clarification. At the end of the 2nd quarter, Belize Electricity Limited have recorded a loss of more than USD 20 million. Even if the PUC was going to increase its Capital Investment Limit, Belize Electricity Limited has no funds to invest at its disposal.