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Dec 31, 2014

PM Promises Plenty of Petrocaribe Goodies in 2015

On Tuesday night, we aired New Year’s messages from Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca. Both leaders spoke of positive strides and looked to a successful future for the country. According to P.M. Barrow, the economy grew in the first three-quarters by four point two percent exceeding the forecast of the IMF. This, Barrow says, was primarily due to the tourism industry. The prime minister went on to speak of several social and financial programs including the BOOST and food pantry initiatives, and mortgage payments to Belizeans, as well as improved healthcare across the country. But with the support of the millions of dollars available from the PetroCaribe initiative, the PM went on to make numerous promises that will see G.O.B. tap into millions more for 2015. The education sector would see nine thousand tablets for tertiary level students, free wi-fi, as well as three years of salary increases for teachers.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We have already revealed plans to build, with the help of the Koreans, a Technology University in Belmopan.  We intend to finalize this concept and begin its implementation in the New Year. But even as this big picture project is taking shape, there are lots of smaller things Government will also be doing to help our people overcome the digital divide.  There are lots of smaller things government will also be doing to help our people overcome the digital divide. So if 2014 was a year of infrastructure, 2015 will be a year of technology. Thus, Government is purchasing from the Asus Company in Taiwan nine thousand tablet computers so as to be able to provide one for each Tertiary level student in Belize. As a result, every student at UB and all Sixth Forms and Junior Colleges countrywide, will be gifted one of these brand new Tablets as we prepare to march into technology’s brave new world. High Schools will also benefit, as at their level we will be making donations for the improvement of their computer labs. Again, it is every one of the forty four or so Government and Government-aided High Schools throughout the nation that will be covered by this initiative. And they will be able to use this Government funding for either the purchase of additional equipment or for help with the physical rehabilitation of premises. Finally, Government will provide free Wifi in the Park for each of our country’s Municipalities. So we will select one Park or other public space in all District Towns and in Belmopan City, and for a specified number of hours each day citizens will enjoy complimentary bandwidth internet from the Government of Belize. Belize City is pioneering its own program under its partnership with B.T.L.”

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4 Responses for “PM Promises Plenty of Petrocaribe Goodies in 2015”

  1. HIJO DE PUTA MODERATOR says:

    CHINESE GETTING FATTER AND RICHER !!!
    MEXICO ES DE LOS MEJICANOS.
    BELICE ES DE LOS CHINOS Y LOS HUNDU.
    WHATEVER THE “F” THIS GOV DOES IS JUST SENDING MONEY TO THE CHINESE BUSINESS .
    WHEN WILL THIS GOV HELP BELIZEANS ON BUSINESS AND TRADE?

  2. farmer 2 says:

    Shame PM… you think i will shallow your juice… I am a UB student… the UB facilities are in its worse… 40% of its computer no work… we have 500 pages per semester … 25% of times they have ink and no paper… now you are speaking of technology…. come on!!!!……Your tuition is double from 200 to 450 and change… PLEASE….. a Belize City family you can give them food for lil vote not for us….

  3. Steve D says:

    And at the end of the day all the promises in the world won’t mean squat, because no one holds these politicians accountable for anything they do as long as their spreading a few crumbs from the loaf of bread…

  4. Belizean says:

    @HIJO DE PUTA MODERATOR …sure, go ahead and try make a tablet instead of buying one from the Chinese then. That way, you dont have to give them money.

    Just an FYI, if all the Chinese and Indian businesses would close down tomorrow, would you be happy? I bet you would be scrambling on not knowing what to eat or where to buy something to wear.

    Yes, Chinese and Indians make money from their business, but they are WILLING to do the business. Why are you hating on them? Everyone is just making a living. If you dont have a business then find a way to make one! Don’t have to bring down others. Such negativity from idiots like you is exactly why Belize cant grow!

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