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Nov 10, 2021

Stephen Harper on How Belize Can Capitalize on International Exposure

Keynote Speaker at today’s Investment Summit was former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who has a consulting and advisory company in Canada. He focused on the measures that Belize needs to take to capitalize on maximizing its exposure to the rest of the world and reaping the benefits of that exposure.

 

Stephen Harper, Keynote Speaker

“I don’t really see the country doing anything wrong, but what I have seen in a lot of places, especially when it comes to infrastructure, is government is trying to do too much themselves. And not only is that costly, but sometimes you can just be way off market and the investments just don’t turn out the way they should which is why I recommended in many of these areas, the government in these areas in its investment must do human physical digital infrastructure that would try to involve the private sector to make sure that the investments are really gonna be cost effective.”

 

Marion Ali

“Some of our restrictions compared to other countries are thought to be a bit restrictive, a bit strict for visitors. Do you think mask wearing is one of them? And, a lot of the tourists that come here are not prepared to abide by the COVID restrictions that we have. Do you think that will be a hindrance for us, and what advice would you have on that?”

 

Stephen Harper

“I run an international business, and before COVID, I was traveling seventy percent of the time. It’s really only since the middle of September that I have been able to travel widely again. So I don’t think the fact that restrictions have been difficult here is not unique. There have been difficult restrictions in a lot of places. I must tell you that in terms of countries that I have gone to recently, this was relatively easy to come to in terms of testing. Mask wearing, we may not like it, but it’s not hard to do. But you know, there are lots more countries that have much more difficult testing and vaccination requirement so I personally haven’t found it that difficult to come here. But, these COVID regulations are all a temporary phenomenon anyway. Six months from now, I think we’ll be past it all.”


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