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Jul 15, 2011

Chamber votes to tell government uphold and obey rule of law

Just before news time this evening, the Belize Chamber of Commerce ratified a resolution that will land at the prime minister’s office. It follows government’s actions in respect of the renationalization of Telemedia on July fourth. While the floor was open to comments, there were no takers and the matter proceeded to the vote. Of the total ninety-one votes cast, sixty-one members of the Chamber voted in favor of the resolution and thirty against. It’s an overwhelming number in favor despite personal and direct calls from Belmopan to chamber members. The resolution calls on the government to “uphold and obey the rule of law in all respects as declared by the Courts of Law in all judgments and otherwise in accordance with the Constitution of Belize.” And in regards to the issue of the compulsory acquisition of private property, contracts or rights by the Government, the Chamber calls among other things for the following: “The purpose of the acquisition must not only be stated and clear but must be the real, genuine and true intention of the acquisition; The acquisition must not be discriminatory in nature; Prompt, adequate and effective compensation must be determined and paid within one year from date of acquisition, unless challenged in the Courts of Law; The acquisition must be proportional to the intended purpose.” If you’d like to see the full text of the resolution visit

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