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Jul 12, 2016

Government of Taiwan Foots Bill for Villa Fiore

Wilfred Elrington

Just in case you’re looking at all this and thinking it’s just too much, way too much for government departments in Belize City where poverty is a very prevalent reality, Minister Elrington says they’re not paying one cent for the building. It’s a gift from the government of Taiwan.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Completely and totally by the Taiwanese Government. The Belize people are putting not a cent in this building. This is a complete and total gift from the government and people of Taiwan to the government and people of Belize; for which we are more than grateful. I am happy to say that I was the one who in fact identified the property and arranged for it to be acquired. We had, however, since I was in the office, myself and Alexis Rosado, had been setting aside monies to build our own building in Belmopan. As a matter of fact, we have acquired a very lovely piece of land, not far from where the Governor General has his own office and building, but this was such a good deal that we could not mess it up. And so we decided to buy this, hopefully we will still be able to build on that one in Belmopan where the headquarters is going to be, but because of the great need for a pleasant facilities; facilities befitting the Prime Minister in particular, we thought that we could not miss on this one.”


Benjamin Ho

Benjamin Ho, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“I think this facilities promotes efficiencies and offices and I wish that all the officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will enjoy using this wonderful set up facility again.”

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2 Responses for “Government of Taiwan Foots Bill for Villa Fiore”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    and how many passports does this amount foots also completely and totally by the Belizean gov in return? As time goes by our Jewel is being screwed by this gov and past government with no remorse for the future generation. Humongous amount we owe now and our children will have the burden to pay until they die while some of the past gov. and present gov. have stock up their bank account and property while we the regular joes might have to die paying the bills.

  2. Farren Briggs says:

    How embarrassing that we must rely on “gifts”. Should we not expect governance to truly govern and judiciously exercise due diligence at managing the nation’s budget and deficit? It raises serious concerns that strings may be attached. I hope that whatever strings exists, whether they are fishing lines or chain links, become immediately transparent.

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