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Sep 14, 2018

Acting Prime Minister on Country Tour

Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber has embarked on a tour across Belize which he says will reconnect him with the citizenry. Faber has visited the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts and will make his way to the Cayo District. The purpose, says Faber, is to identify the state of affairs in the districts with a goal to assist where the government can. Faber says that the tour will likely continue even after PM Dean Barrow returns to the country.  But what are the hot button issues? Road works, electrification and the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute are top on the list.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister

“Quite often when we are in our offices in Belmopan and we are making decisions in the cabinet and even in the national assembly, we lose track of what it is that people want us to do. And so I thought that I’d give the people an opportunity to put that on the record, the things that are important for them that the government ought to be working on.”

 

Duane Moody

“Geographically, there will be certain issues that some districts might put as their priority. Given the fact that you’ve done southern Belize, what were some of the issues that they had?”

 

Patrick Faber

“The main issues that I found there of course are land issues and infrastructure, the road works. They would want to see better road works—not necessarily pavement, but the regular machinery from the Ministry of Works upgrading their feeder roads and their farm roads and helping to ensure that the children who have to travel on our network of buses to school in the south, get to school without the buses running off the road, skidding off the road and so on. And I think those are very valuable concerns. Electrification was also an issue; that is something that many of our villages in the south do not have and I agree with them that should be a focus of our government to get that done. There was also an expressed view that they wanted to hear from the government’s information/education campaign on the Belize/Guatemala I.C.J. issue. And so I will be working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that we go back and have session so that people are able to determine for themselves. And for me that means both sides, the ‘YES’ argument and the ‘NO’ argument, so that they can be educated and then make a decision based on facts and not emotions when it comes that they have to vote on April tenth.”

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