Archive for April, 2012

Meeting of Belize Mayors’ Association

Monday, April 30th, 2012

On April 16, 2012, the Belize Mayors Association had its post-elections meeting. A new executive was elected for the year 2012-2013. Mayor Simeon Lopez from the City of Belmopan was elected as President. The new Vice President is Mayor Darrell Bradley from Belize City. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was elected as Secretary of the Association and Mayor Kevin Bernard of Orange Walk Town was elected as Treasurer.

The Ministry of Local Government, Labor, Rural Development and NEMO was represented by Director of Local Government, Mr. Eugene Palacio, who liaises with the Association. All Mayors committed themselves to good governance, transparency, accountability and to adherance to the principles of best practices.

France removes Belize from 2012 Blacklist

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Belize was removed from the “black list” of countries considered to be uncooperative in tax matters that has been recently updated by French Finance Minister François Baroin and Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse.

The revised 2012 list is confirmed in a French government decree dated April 4, published in the country’s official journal dated April 12, 2012. The blacklist has retroactive effect from January 1, 2012. It includes 8 jurisdictions: Brunei, Guatamala, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, the Philippines, and Botswana.

In accordance with the 2012 decree, 11 jurisdictions were removed from this list. Along with Belize, the following jurisdictions were excluded: Anguilla, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, Cook Islands, the Turk and Caicos Islands, Liberia, Oman, Panama and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Belize excluded from France’s revised 2012 ‘Black List’

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

French Finance Minister François Baroin and Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse have updated the revised ‘black list’ of countries considered to be ‘uncooperative’ in tax matters (les Etats et territories non coopératifs – ETNC). This year, French government’s black list was considerably reduced – eleven jurisdictions, including Belize jurisdiction, were removed from it.

France’s 2012 list was confirmed in a government decree dated April 4 and published in the country’s official journal dated April 12. It has retroactive effect from January 1, 2012. The list contains the following eight jurisdictions: Brunei, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, the Philippines and Botswana.

France adopted its own ‘black list’ of countries deemed to be uncooperative in tax matters in February 2010. The list of the countries is established in accordance with specific criteria, and includes the names of the states failing to provide both fiscal transparency and administrative cooperation with France. France’s black list is revised and updated annually.

Canada Helps Belize fight crime with Ballistics Systems

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper announced an initiative to support and enhance Central America’s security infrastructure by providing IBIS ballistics identification equipment to Belize and Costa Rica.

Canada aims to help Belize fight on the front lines against drugs, transnational organized crime and terrorism through equipment purchases, training, and technical assistance.

Law enforcement agency in Belize is to receive the latest in IBIS forensic ballistics identification equipment; IBIS TRAX-3D. IBIS is developed by Forensic Technology WAI Inc. of Montreal, Canada, and used by police and forensic investigators in order to link firearm-related crimes, suspects and firearms.