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Jan 23, 2023

Briceño Administration Unveils Its Mid-term Action Plan

This morning at the Biltmore, the government of Prime Minister John Briceño unveiled a medium term development strategy that will carry through to 2026.  The approach draws heavily from the People’s United Party’s Plan Belize manifesto which was introduced back in 2020.  The Briceño administration, with input and guidance from the ministries of Economic Development and Sustainable Development, is leading the charge ahead of a mid-term milestone later this year.


Prime Minister John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“As we explained, it’s very exciting for our government to be able to plan the Medium-term Development Strategy 2022-2026 and it’s based on Plan Belize and at its core principles we have the issues of land, health, education, jobs, housing and also fighting corruption in public life.  And so, based on those basic principles, we laid out the plans for infrastructure, poverty, growing the economy, creating opportunities for people, protecting the environment.  So it’s simply something that has started off, several years of consultation that we’ve been doing across the length and breadth of this country and now today, we took that Plan Belize and then our technical people, the ministries of Economic Development, Sustainable Development, all the different ministries then tore it apart and put it together into an actionable plan and that’s what we have presented to you today.”


Isani Cayetano

“Along with this would perhaps be some sort of a mid-term review of your government’s performance.  How would you describe where we are at this present moment?”


John Briceño

“I think that we’ve been doing way better than most people expected.  If I were to ask you journalists in 202o, you would have never expected us to have a five percent unemployment rate.  You would have never expected us to reduce the national debt from a hundred and thirty percent to approximately sixty-three percent.  You would have never expected us to be able to get tourism back on its foot so quickly, agriculture, the BPOs, the services, you know.  So there has been a lot, and even with crime , depite the fact that we have these heinous crimes or horrendous crimes, whatever you want to discuss it as at the end of the year, and just weekend we had another one in Yo Creek.  Unfortunately, most of this is drug-related.  But it‘s horrible and it‘s bad, but the truth is that you see the trend slowly start to come down .  The work that Minister Musa has been doing along with his team, while it has been quiet and without much fanfare, we‘re starting to see the benefits of their efforts.  He has released almost two hundred rogue cops.  Crime is going down and we are trying to, we‘re organizing the police, giving them more equipment, being up with the technology, the camcorders, the cameras in different hotspots there‘s a lot that has been accomplished.”

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