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Oct 16, 2020

U.D.P. Launches 2020 Manifesto

The United Democratic Party on Thursday night unveiled its 2020 manifesto under the theme “Your Future Matters.”  The manifesto focuses on nineteen policies including technology, housing, lands, security, healthcare, environment, financial sector, governance, tourism and the economy.  In respect of the economy, the U.D.P. says that the pillars of a strong Belizean economy are the productive sector, a fair and functional taxation system, good governance and a transportation system.  In its tourism plan, the U.D.P. says that it will continue to offer low interest loans to stakeholders to recover and rebuild.  Leader Patrick Faber says that tourism will be restructured to ensure greater sustainability, higher quality and the domestication of the financial benefits.  Albert area representative Tracy Taegar Panton says that the U.D.P. is committed to increasing tourism dollars by developing special facilities for private flights.  But with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, and the economy still limping, it will be a long and hard road ahead.  There is also the ballooning wage bill.  While Barrow’s administration decided not to touch public officer’s wages, it will be difficult on any administration to continue to shoulder the burden of an increasing wage bill. Faber says that they will not cut salary or carryout a retrenchment exercise.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, U.D.P. Leader

“There are things we can do differently.  But our watch words are not to fire anybody. We believe in keeping people employed and that is why we are so absolutely please with the current prime minister and the approach that he has taken to guarantee each and public servant, teacher, police man in this country, everybody over the entire duration COVID pandemic they have received their full uncut salaries and I think that is what the measuring of the U.D.P. ought to be. We will continue in every way to try to ensure that our people whether it is through the public sector and private sector keep their jobs in these detrimental times of the pandemic. But of course pandemic, there is always the need for more employment. This party is about keeping people employed. We will try our best, we will do whatever we need to do in order to make sure that people are employed. Yes it will be a tough fight but we are going to do our best to make sure that there is not that kind of major job loss. People will continue to work under the U.D.P.”


Tracy Taegar Panton

Tracy Taegar Panton, Albert Area Rep., U.D.P.

“While we have a touched into the traditional markets we have some markets that we have not yet explored. Let me venture in to the long stay tourism where people from other countries may decided to come to Belize for a year, live here, ad work from here and when we look at the kind of infrastructure that we have put in at B.T.L.  Let’s look at those who want to retire in Belize and have vacation homes in Belize. While we have done very well in terms of attracting new commercial flights to the country there is also the issue what we call the private aircraft industry where those with more disposable income can use their private jets to come into Belize for two three days and vacation their families. So we are committed to developing special facilities to accommodate these private flights into the country so that we can maximize the tourism dollar.”

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