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Jul 23, 2013

Memorandum of Understanding gives NCL a sweetheart deal

The Norwegian Cruise Line proposed development of a mega port at Crawl Caye was rejected by the ministerial committee headed by Godwin Hulse. The island was part of the Belize Barrier Reef, a protected World Heritage Site. Norwegian then placed its hopes in Harvest Caye. The cruise line’s investment company, Belize Island Holdings Limited, has been in talks with the government on the framework for a memorandum of understanding for the development of Harvest Caye. News Five has obtained one version of the M.O.U. and it is questionable. There is talk of N.C.L. and G.O.B. adhering to the general guidelines of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan. It is contradictory because N.C.L. intends to bring thousands of visitors, and the master plan already confines cruise tourism in the South to pocket tourism, or less than two hundred and fifty passengers per ship. N.C.L. will invest fifty million U.S. dollars and maintain no more than twenty-five percent of foreign employment during all phases of the Project. Stakeholders in the industry believe twenty-five percent of foreign employment is a ridiculously high number for the south. A section of the M.O.U. says that G.O.B. will grant an exclusive twenty five year concession for one ship berth in the quote “first instance” for the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, as the only cruise passenger ship port of entry. But does that revelation suggest the possibility of a second berth in the future? There are other objectionable if not alarming concessions in the M.O.U., including a seven U.S. dollar head tax that will give more than half; that is four U.S. dollars, to the Norwegian Cruise Line. It’s more than a sweet deal, if the M.O.U. in that form is signed. News Five has been reliably informed that more changes are coming to the MOU, and that government has already given its nod to N.C.L. We will have more from that document on Wednesday’s newscast.

 

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6 Responses for “Memorandum of Understanding gives NCL a sweetheart deal”

  1. cruisin for a brusin says:

    fifty million U.S. dollars?

    These geniuses at GOB should negotiate better for the country’s heritage.

    $50,000,417 Euros, plus 1000 jobs for life, for certified and semi-retired corruption officers.

    Forget what is best for the country or what the people want.
    These dumb citizens are not part of the deal.
    They should just shut up, this is Belize.
    Illegal Guats stealing in the Chiquibul know that much.
    You push over an old woman and step on a kid to get what you can, what is yours.
    And if the MF needs to be shot or chopped, get a friend to help and pay them $5.

    No wonder Belize is poor and education is at bottom.
    People must learn corruption officers are at the front of the line, both to get first, and to collect the money from the suckers who follow.
    it ain’t rocket science.

  2. Eddie says:

    Cut your nose to spite your face. I will personally use the World Wide Web to bad mouth and expose the government and these capitalist foreign entities that seek to destroy the natural balance of my country for greed. I will expose you greedy traitors to every potential tourist irregardless of how it may hurt tourism and I will do it for the love of my country and the love of my children. If these traitors destroy my country for quick and easy money today my children will inherit a broke wasteland tomorrow.

  3. Eddie says:

    Cut your nose to spite your face. I will personally use the World Wide Web to bad mouth and expose the government and these capitalist foreign entities that seek to destroy the natural balance of my country for greed. I will expose you greedy traitors to every potential tourist irregardless of how it may hurt tourism and I will do it for the love of my country and the love of my children. If these traitors destroy my country for quick and easy money today my children will inherit a broke wasteland tomorrow.

  4. Ricky Malthus says:

    The total system of attracting, negotiating, and obtaining and retaining investors to Belize is patently stupid, and entrusted to incompetent poseurs in government. When are these poseurs going to understand that no governmental fiscal concessions should be given to investors nor monopolies be awarded them. If any investors want to do business in Belize, let them do their own cost/benefit analyses and their own weighted average cost of capital to determine whether to proceed with their investment. How this government and politicians demonstrate their financial stupidity is incomprehensible.

  5. Belizean says:

    If we want to become our own country and have defined borders, we do not go about that by having a million man military to fight the Guats. What we do is Develop this land, build on it, make something real strong with it, and the whole world will see that THIS IS BELIZE!!!! Look, this is the only way we can come up through the mud.

    If we forever will say no to every single type of growth, development and increase, what will become of us? Like I said before, some people here believe in scaring away foreign investment. Yes, let us simply say NO. Let us become an isolated, hermit country, with 350,000 people, begging for food stamps from the U.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. dalmer says:

    here we go again,corruptionnnnnnnnn,corruption,money talks b@$%$^* walks…money for dean barrow and cronies,poor belizeans no get noting.

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