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NGO Organization Congratulates GOB on Blue Bonds

The Belize Network of NGOs has congratulated the government of Belize on the Blue Bonds Initiative the nation’s marine resources. However, they are also asking GOB to guarantee it will [...]

Taxpayers Get Ready to Go Online: IRIS Begins October 4th

Beginning October fourth, Belizean taxpayers will have access to a new online service for paying business taxes, GST, personal income tax, and a host of other taxes. The Integrated Tax [...]

U.D.P. Says Briceño Administration Followed Its Super Bond Blueprint

On Friday, the Government of Belize announced that it had successfully negotiated with the majority of bondholders.  Despite the achievement of the Briceño administration, the opposition still maintains this follows [...]

B.C.C.I. Congratulates G.O.B. for Bondholder Buy-In

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued a statement lauding the Government of Belize for having obtained the buy-in of approximately eighty-four percent of the holders of the [...]

Finally, Belize Successfully Negotiates Super Bond!

Belize has successfully negotiated the Super Bond and the Briceño administration announced late this evening that, “the Government of Belize is delighted that the vast majority of holders of the [...]

The State of the Nation, Forty Years Later

For a second time since the advent of COVID-19, Independence Day celebrations have been subdued, largely in part to an increase in cases across the country. On Tuesday, government officials, [...]

Payment of Belize’s External Debt to be Relaxed

The restructuring of Belize’s external debt has been much talked about since it was first announced on September third by Prime Minister John Briceño.  Since then, additional details of an [...]

Financing Coming on Stream to Aid Struggling Businesses

Some Belizean businesses will be receiving funding through BELTRAIDE and DFC to expand their operations. With five hundred thousand dollars US in financing from the Caribbean Development Fund, thirty-five businesses [...]

C.E.O. Kennedy: Blue Bonds is Blue Economy

While we were with the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Blue Economy, Kennedy Carrillo, we asked her about the proposal by the government to pay off the super bond, one [...]

Chamber of Commerce, Prime Minister and Smart on Speednet Deal

Earlier this month, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in light of recent news that a number of government offices have switched from B.T.L. to Smart, wrote to Prime [...]

Belize Commences Offer to Buy Superbond

Today, the government announced that Belize has officially commenced an offer to buy back the super bond, and the solicitation of consents from bondholders. Through the arrangement, Belize is proposing [...]

Regular and Diesel Gas Prices Going Up

The Ministry of Finance has announced that on Tuesday the pump price of two fuel products will change. The prices of regular gasoline will increase by twenty-six cents to eleven [...]

Trash Impasse Continues: CitCo Collecting Garbage on its Own

Reports have been coming into News Five about residential garbage not being picked up for over a week. In some cases, Belize City residents have taken to social media to [...]

Will G.O.B. Bail Out City Council with Garbage Bill?

When we spoke to the mayor last week, we were told that the outstanding payments were over a million dollars and counting, since the council has been unable to pay [...]

Peyrefitte on Previous Comments Made on TNC Agreement

The Senate met today in Belmopan where the super bond, as well as the agreement between the Government of Belize and The Nature Conservancy, took center stage.  Parliamentarians on both [...]

Senator Courtenay Stands by P.U.P. Conservation Record

In response to Peyrefitte’s demand for an apology, Senator Eamon Courtenay referred to the People’s United Party’s strong track record on environmental conservation.  He further stated that in negotiating the [...]

TNC Agrees to Pay $18.2M in Land Taxes

According to Minister of State Chris Coye, the initial agreement that was struck in October 2020 waived the stamp duty and land taxes; however, they have managed to agree on [...]

Renegotiated Deal with TNC Results in Discounted Tax Rate

A second project that TNC has a part to play in is the Belize Maya Forest Trust. TNC purchased over two hundred thousand acres of land and placed it in [...]

Belize Had to Build Credibility with Super Bond Holders

The proposed agreement between the government and the Creditors’ Committee for the holders of the super bond developed during eight months of negotiations. When he appeared on Open Your Eyes [...]

Former PM Weighs in on Super Bond and TNC Agreement

The albatross that is Belize’s massive external debt is a collective burden, some of which may be lifted off our shoulders in the weeks ahead, thanks to a new agreement [...]

Commitments Would Increase Biodiversity Zones

In terms of the conservation aspects of the agreement, the government has to make specific commitments, it is still negotiating. One of these has to do with biodiversity zones.   [...]

Nature Conservancy: Blue Bonds Have Nothing to Do With Partisanship

And, if you thought the word “blue” in the term Blue Bond is referring to People’s United Party’s Blu manifesto or its party color, The Nature Conservancy says its organization [...]

Super Bond Holders Offered Incentives

Coye went on to explain what the formal offer will be that the government will launch on the Super Bond on Thursday. Included in it is an incentive for bondholders [...]

Prime Minister Provides More Details on Proposed Super Bond Plan

Prime Minister John Briceño shared in the House of Representatives on Friday that Belize and the Bond Holders’ Committee of the super bond had reached an agreement, in principle, on [...]

A Closer Look at the TNC, the Blue Bond and the Belize Maya Forest

Tonight, we take a closer look at The Nature Conservancy’s work in Belize, differentiating between the organization’s involvement in protecting over two hundred thousand acres of forest land in the [...]