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Feb 2, 2022

Chamber of Commerce Also Urges G.O.B. to Protect Investment Climate

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has fired off a letter of its own to the Prime Minister, echoing the sentiments raised by the Agro-Processing Group. The B.C.C.I. points to recent cases or, as they term it “certain actors,” who have been squatting on private property, damaging property or illegally blocking access to businesses through threats of violence.  They also point to the blockade of the A.S.R./B.S.I. sugar factory saying although the action was illegal, law enforcement took no steps to clear it or deter the civil disobedience.  Just days later, law enforcement also failed to intervene when stevedores entered the compound of the Port of Belize Limited without authority.  The chamber says its membership is committed to promoting a business climate that is favorable to both local and foreign investors.  They note that differing opinions are no excuse for violence or illegal acts.  They are urging the Prime Minister and his government to “unequivocally communicate to local and foreign investors alike that Belize steadfastly upholds the rule of law and is a country that is serious about doing business.”

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