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Aug 2, 2017

Former Public Officers Keith Arnold, William Fonseca Pass On

Keith Arnold

There are two deaths of notable personalities to report. Former Central Bank Governor Keith Arnold, who served as head of Belize’s primary financial institution from January 1992 to April 2002, passed away shortly after arriving in country on Saturday.  Arnold was also Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit under the Musa administration from 2002 to 2005, before relocating to the United States.  During his tenure as director, he established processes and infrastructure necessary to prevent and report financial crimes.  Arnold also implemented measures for banks and other institutions to report suspicious transactions.  The well-known business executive also sat on the Board of Directors for B.T.L. and famously challenged the nationalization of the utility company after it was taken over by government in 2009.  At the time of his death, Arnold was listed as a financial services professional with the MassMutual Financial Group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  In his career in the public service, Keith Arnold held three of the most revered offices in Belize, first as Financial Secretary, Governor of the Central Bank, and as Director of the F.I.U.

William Fonseca

Earlier today, William Fonseca, the father of former Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca, also passed away. The elder Fonseca known as ‘Chichi’ is a former career educator who taught at schools in rural areas including in Toledo.  In 1979, he retired as Chief Education Officer and he is also known as a founding member of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, having himself lost his sight.

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