Archive for November, 2008

Ministry of Tourism offers Crisis Management Course

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

On November 17-21, 2008, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation hosted a Crisis Management Course that was held at the Price Barracks, Ladyville. The event was organized in coordination with the Organization of American States, Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) and in collaboration with the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Crisis Management Course was aimed at providing the knowledge and skills to develop and implement sound crisis management procedures to mid-level to senior aviation management as well as to other government officials. Also, the security discipline of aviation that is needed for preventing, combating and eradication terrorism involving civil aviation, for restoring public confidence in air travel and for promoting the healthy air transport industry was included into this Crisis Management Course.

The course was attended by the participants from the Department of Civil Aviation, Customs Department, Post Office, NEMO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of National Security, Belize Red Cross, KHMH, Belize Airports Authority and Belize Airport Concession Company Ltd.

Republic of China (Taiwan) donates cash to Belize

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has made a cash donation of USD 100 000 to the Government of Belize. This money was donated for flood relief and emergency medical supplies connected with the recent flood event in the jurisdiction.

On November 10, 2008, Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize H.E. Mr. Ting Joseph Shih handed over the cheque of USD 10 000 to Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow.

Also, the Taiwan International Health Action group organized medical teams and the Tao Yuan hospital sent out a container of medical equipment in order to provide assistance which is a direct result of the visit of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen to the Republic of China (Taiwan). These Beize representatives attended the “2008 Global Forum for Health Leaders” that discussed “Health and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities” held on November 3-6, 2008, in Taipei City.

The theme of the forum was “Health and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities,” and focused on three main areas: (1) Evidence-based health policy, (2) Global trend of healthcare quality, and (3) Capacity-building for disease control.

First Caribbean discontinues credit for BEL

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has confirmed that one of its major creditors, First Caribbean International Bank, has discontinued its credit. It also said that Scotiabank is currently reviewing its credit arrangement with BEL.

Earlier, BEL reported in a press release that it was “experiencing severe financial difficulties” and therefore it had to require clients to pay the full cost of service installation upfront, and refunds will be provided when other clients connect to the line extension.

Recently, the Government of Belize had to provide a letter of credit for BEL for its credit arrangement with Comision Federal de Electricidad in Mexico. From this company BEL purchases a major percentage of the power it distributes in the local market.

Pump Fuel prices reduced

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The Ministry of Finance informed the public on lower Pump Prices for Fuel Products. The decreased prices came into force at midnight November 4, 2008.

The reduced prices for fuel products of Belize City Pump Prices per gallon have been changed the following way:
Premium Gasoline – from USD 10.44 to USD 7.41;
Regular Gasoline – from USD 10.11 to USD 7.05;
Kerosene Oil – from USD 9.17 to USD 6.79;
Diesel Oil – from USD 9.03 to USD 6.96.

Fuel products prices in the districts will also decrease commensurately.

According to the Ministry of Finance, in keeping with Government policy, any future changes of prices in acquisition cost will be passed on fully to the prices at the pump.