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Mar 31, 2014

Private Sector Senator concerned about unemployment numbers in Belize

Mark Lizarraga

The Budget debate is over, and so is the Senate discussion of the Budget. At the end of the day, the fact is that in our political system, the majority always wins regardless of dissent, no matter how credible. But there have been serious concerns raised in certain quarters. Private sector Senate Representative, Mark Lizarraga, has led the charge where the figures and economy are concerned. In his senate presentation, Lizarraga accused the government of deceiving the Belizean people. One area with which the private sector takes issue is unemployment, at least where G.O.B. statistics are concerned. Lizarraga presented the real statistics obtained from the Social Security Board, both on the senate floor and on the OYE couch.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Private Sector

“In 2007 we had ten thousand and sixty-two active employers. In 2013 we had nine thousand six hundred and eighty-seven. We had three hundred and seventy-five less active employers. Is that growth? In 2007 we had ten thousand seven hundred active businesses. In 2013 we have ten thousand four hundred and thirty-five. That’s two hundred and seventy-one businesses less. Is that growth? In 2008 we had eighty-seven thousand, five hundred and twenty-five registered employees. In 2013 we have ninety-two thousand. That’s an increase of some four thousand five hundred and eighty-three in that five year period. Now we know that we have about five thousand students approximately…some numbers go as far as five thousand to seven thousand five hundred coming out of the school systems every year. If we are providing growth and employment for one thousand people a year and we have five to seven thousand people coming out of school every year, how is unemployment really going down? That confuses us. We’re not seeing the balance there at all. Here you have increased spending on social programs…you claim unemployment is falling down but in fact you see businesses going out of business and the real number of employees only growing by five thousand and I suspect that out of this a couple thousand of them are for government for the projects and programs that they’ve had. We think that those projects are wonderful project by the way, giving employment to the troubled youths and such, but it’s not sustainable, it’s not long term…it’s short term.”

 

 

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3 Responses for “Private Sector Senator concerned about unemployment numbers in Belize”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Totally agree. Belize is becoming a failed state because we have failed to examine the true nature of our problems. Small businesses are truly the engine for growth in an economy. However, governments do a good job of giving most of the tax breaks to big businesses and pander to the non-productive people in our society by blessing them with social programs that are unsustainable. In essence, the middle-class taxpaying base picks up the tab, while big well-connected party donors and the vote-rich “poor people” get pandered to with social programs. The end result is unsustainable debt with the bill being handed to the working class. The productive people in a society are really the ones who drive it forward. We need to demand a better discourse from our Area Reps and we, the middle-class need to crawl from under our beds and save our country before it’s too late.

  2. KARLA says:

    MR. SENATOR THANKS FOR THE NOTE BUT THE WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT THE COUNTRY KNOWS THOSE FACTS. THEY ARE NOT FOOLING US… UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY RATES ARE HIGHER THAN WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT SAYS AND TEH WORST PART IS THAT THERE IS NO PLAN EXCEPT HANDOUTS IN BELIZE CITY AND INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS IN BELIZE CITY WITH MONEY THEY WE WILL PAY AND ADD TO THE NATIONAL DEBT AND PRAY THEY FIND MORE OIL.THAT IS THEIR MACROECONOMIC PLAN..

  3. LDPassport says:

    Mark, you hit it right on the head. Just remember, the next your party (PUP) gets back in power, don’t practice the incessant greed and corruptive practices, spearheaded under the Said Musa/Fonseca (Ralphy) regime, that helped your clan’s privileged, wealthy few. And don’t preach the “trickle down economics” scam-that don’t work either.

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