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Apr 6, 2016

Agriculture Minister Says G.O.B. and N.G.O.s Must Work Together

Gaspar Vega

While Tzalam’s letter is written to Elrington, she may need to think about addressing her concerns to Gaspar Vega, the Minister of Forests and Fisheries. SATIIM’s had a testy relationship with Vega’s predecessor Lisel Alamilla and it was under her tenure that any hope of co-managing the Sarstoon-Temash National Park fell apart. Even before the incident in the Sarstoon Tuesday became public knowledge, Vega was asked about the need for government to work with N.G.O.s like SATIIM.

 

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture

“I don’t want to get in a back and forth thing. I am one that is always straight up. There’s a lot of N.G.O.s that cry foul when you don’t approve their licenses, but if we’re going to be transparent, if we’re going to be accountable, we have to start with the government, the top…but all the way down to the line. Everybody has to be transparent. Everybody has to be accountable. And we have to start working together. There’s only one Belize. Regardless of political parties or whatever differences we have, we only have one Belize and all of us I imagine will stay here for the rest of our lives. We have to work together. There’s time for politics and there’s time for whatever issues, but we have to learn to compromise, make commitments and move forward. I’ve done a lot of that where I just sit back, I listen and I work together with a lot of different organizations.”

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1 Response for “Agriculture Minister Says G.O.B. and N.G.O.s Must Work Together”

  1. Timber says:

    OHHHHHHHH! !!! The hustling isn’t as great now in this department, so you can now talk about transparency. Let me predict, Belizeans, he will be Dean Barrow’s “Judas.” Mark my words, there’s a lot that’s going to come out of his mouth in the next few months. Now, the Belizean public will learn a lot that UDP was doing and had been hiding.

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