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Dec 22, 2014

B.S.I. Amends Purchasing Agreement, Sans Contentious Clause

On Friday, we reported that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association had refused to endorse a purchasing agreement with Belize Sugar Industries Limited under the premise that B.S.I. had introduced articles which were outside of the extent of the initial agreement.  While B.S.I. has since argued the point that as purchaser the company reserves the right to reject cane, it maintains that the clause was prominent in its revised draft agreement which was previously sent to the B.S.C.F.A.   According to B.S.I.’s financial controller Belizario Carballo, that section has since been removed from the agreement following harsh criticisms from both the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and government.  Carballo told the media this morning that notwithstanding the exclusion of the passage, G.O.B. and the N.T.U.C.B. have both been misinformed.

 

Belizario Carballo, Financial Controller, B.S.I.

“What we have done over the weekend because of the objection of the B.S.C.F.A. is that we have removed that sentence in that clause that was in, a way, the offending sentence that, in a way, we sought to retain the right whilst prepared to, in practice, have it exercised by another entity.  We have simply removed that sentence that retains that right for B.S.I.”

 

Reporter

“Well then why would the government which is intimately familiar with these negotiations, why would it say ASR/B.S.I. must be equally reprimanded for their bad faith in having tried to undermine the SCPC?”

 

Belizario Carballo

Belizario Carballo

“We, to be honest with you, we are very aggrieved about that statement.  We feel it is a reaction to the N.T.U.C.B.’s statement that was based on a misinformation.  They acted to, in a way, counter that statement of the N.T.U.C.B. but at the same time put us in the same basket as the N.T.U.C.B. and sought to condemn us for something that was said by the N.T.U.C.B. which had, as I said, was misinformation.  …We have not sought at anytime to undermine the SCPC.  This statement of undermining the SCPC comes and arises from certain statements that were aired and was documented in the N.T.U.C.B.’s press release that said that B.S.I. had sought to introduce a new entity that would operate as we would want it to operate which would then undermine the role of the SCPC.  That entity, they mentioned it in their press statement, is the Harvest and Delivery Control Unit.  That unit, as I explained earlier, was something that was initially introduced that was discussed with the B.S.C.F.A., that was rejected by them and in a subsequent draft that concept had been dropped and the SCPC had been reintroduced in their traditional role of operating, harvesting and delivery.  So for some entity who, to be intimately involved in the process, that would have been known.  And so, for that reason, we are saying that they acted on the misinformation that was contained in the N.T.U.C.B.’s press release and sought to condemn us and we find it particularly unhelpful in condemning one of the parties that is engaged in a very delicate and complicated and difficult negotiation trying to reach an agreement, go out and seek to condemn it.  We find it very unhelpful to a process that had in fact been advanced by the intervention of the prime minister.”

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2 Responses for “B.S.I. Amends Purchasing Agreement, Sans Contentious Clause”

  1. farmer says:

    Belizario Carballo what a same of Belizean you are, but any way you will do what it takes to keep getting that big pay cheque. BSI/ASR want to introduce an new unity (Harvest and Delivery Control Unit) simply because they want to be control. Many people dont know especially who dont live in Orange walk and dont know how things run in the sugar industry. let me tell you all that sometimes BSI/ASR want to delivery cane that is not mature enough and also sometimes they want their trunks when loaded to go straight and deliver without catching a line as the other farmers do. By they controlling they controlling the harvesting and delivery, they can do whatever they want without nobody else getting in their way. That why the SCPC must stay.

  2. eloy ozaeta says:

    BSI, ASR, once built a system that served the interests of its employees and sugar cane farmers. Lately, BSI/ASR has devolved into a plutocracy that seems to control the people, the media, and the government. Fundamentally every governmental body seems to be run by corporations that it is supposed to police. If we pay close attention, it is clear that corporate leaders blatantly disregard people while electing to maximize the economic needs of conglomerates.
    So, how did companies gain so much power? Simple, campaign finance/backing. Conglomerates such as BSI/ASR have hired hands that run in and out of lawmaker’s offices, leaving a trail of corruption and money. Instead of representing the people, they spend time cavorting with rabble-rousers who function on the principle of self-indulgence.
    So where is this all going? Unfortunately to a desperate place that includes greed, tyranny, and collapse. When corporations, like BSI/ASR are involved in a nation, the people under its control have no real future, because they only think in terms of the next quarter, not the next generation. As a result, corporations will do whatever to maximize profits immediately, including stepping on the farmers.
    Belize will not have a real future with Belizeans who throw away the dream of a nation for personal financial gains. People like Mr. Belizario Carballo Jr. learned to take care of his personal gains from an early age. From personal experience, just take a look at his father,Mr. Belizario Carballo Sr., and how he ensured his children were well taken care of on the shoulders of the Orange walk citizens. We must be sure to remember that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

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