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Apr 14, 2021

No National Development Plan?

Martin Alegria

Back on February first, the Belize Port Authority sent out a letter saying that all port development projects were suspended. In that letter, Lloyd Jones said a national port policy would be developed. We asked Alegria for an update and whether the suspension had been lifted. Here’s his response. 


Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer, D.O.E.

“The issue of national development plan is more of a cabinet or a ministry of planning being it named Economic Development, Ministry of Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, I don’t know. The whole issue of national development is something we have been asking for and looking for to guide us because a lot of misinterpretation is out there that the D.O.E., under the environmental planning tool, that we have the power to determine how much and which type and where development occurs and that’s not so. At the end of the day it is national planning. I think national planning we have been very weak on as a national government. And I am not blaming any. It is for years, decades now that that is something that we need to look at – a national development plan. But also in terms of the environmental plan, which is a physical plan you could say, along with physical planning, doing what we can with the laws and procedures that we have now. So I just want to clarify that we don’t have that legal mandate or power to tell any investor well sorry we already granted one port environmental clearance and we cannot entertain you anymore.”

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