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Integrating the Caribbean and Central America

In continuing with what I’ve been talking about for several years now as to how things are being integrated into districts and all that. Earlier posts talk about the over all picture, others talk about the regional CARICOM and SICA stuff and some other angle. This one speaks more into that. Time to wake up Belizeans.

THE TIME TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY IS BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!
– Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson

Originally posted on Caribbean Journal
By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli Sanchez

The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional organization which includes the States of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

This alliance was formed with the purpose of enhancing integration for the cohesion on sensitive issues such as poverty, democracy, freedom and trade.

According to SICA’s mandate, one of the purposes of SICA is to “promote, in a harmonious and balanced way, the sustained economic, social, cultural and political development of Member States and the region as a whole.”

Since its formation, SICA has grown in strength and its population is at more than 45 million people, with a Gross Domestic Product of $108 million, and international investments for $3,000 million. The System also includes a group of Regional and Extra regional Observers, from Latin America, Europe and Asia.

The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is a product of the desire of the 28 Contracting States, Countries and Territories of the Greater Caribbean to enhance cooperation within the region, an initiative aimed at building upon obvious geographic proximity and well-documented historical linkages.

To that end, the ACS is an organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action among the countries of the Greater Caribbean. Based on four distinct pillars, its directorates are focused on four (4) thematic areas for growth which include Disaster Risk Reduction, Transport, Trade and External Economic Relations, and Sustainable Tourism. Continue reading “Integrating the Caribbean and Central America”

Did you know …Why still a claim?

At the core of Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory is the Anglo-Guatemalan Treaty of 1859. From the British point of view, the agreement simply declared the boundaries of an area Britain already ruled. Those boundaries still exist today. From the Guatemalan point of view, which was developed after the agreement was signed, it was a treaty of cession, by which Guatemala gave up right to the land. For the treaty to take effect, Britain had to help build a road to improve communications between Guatemala and the Atlantic coast. Because this road was never built, Guatemala insisted that the treaty was broken.

Let’s see… Pass through the Belize/Guatemala border at Benque, travel the Western Highway to Belize City or turn at Belmopan and hit the Southern Highway to one of the Port Towns along the coast..
Seems like they have their connection if you ask me. So what’s the standing issue?

Note also that:

Article Seven stipulated that the parties concerned upon would endeavour to establish adequate communications by road, river or rail, between Guatemala and the Atlantic Coast.

Ride the Mopan river east, that turns into the Belize River that empties out into the Caribbean Sea which leads to the Atlantic Ocean.

As per Google Maps…  There is a link directly from Guatemala City to Belize City, the then Port stop in Belize/British Honduras..
belize city to guatemala city

It’s all in the planning you know

I am of the opinion that our politicians have the mentality of 5 year terms.

I only plan for the 5 years I will serve.

We need to start thinking long term goals. I want to hear solutions that we can run with for the next 50 years.

Build a new football stadium, Develop teen outreach centers, reach out to teachers to develop a better curriculum etc. These are things that can be handed down to a local network of people that work in hand with the ministers in each area.

What I want to hear from Central Govt are things like:

Develop a plan and market for companies like Dell to open a production center in Belize. We could cut them slack on taxes and they in turn provide affordable computers for sale and help develop classes where people can expand their knowledge about computer design and build.

Develop a plan where a company like Microsoft can open a software development center in Belize and work with schools to create new educational programs that lead to and provide software developers.

Develop a plan where companies that outsource call-center work would want to invest in Belize. we have a distinct advantage, proximity and our people by default speak English.

Honoring Hon. George C. Price

Honoring Hon. George C. Price

A legend, a simple man, a hero that led a piece of land and a people to a Nation in the making. A humble spirit that always put the people first, even when it cost him his own money and time. You kind sir, have left a legacy that cannot be matched, you have left for us a nation with a great future; if only our current leaders could see what you saw for Belize. It is my hope that the politicians of today, in your honor would take a step back, study and analyze this dream and bring it back to life and step away from their current status-co of greed, corruption, tyranny, deception and power hungriness; for the betterment of Belize and all Belizeans.

Gorge Cadle Price, the eldest of 10 children, George Price was born on January 15, 1919 in Belize City to William and Irene Price Nee Escalante and passed away today September 19, 2011 at 6:30am.

Receiving his primary education at Holy Redeemer School, he attended St. John’s College High School from 1931-1935, after which he spent the next 9 years at St. Augustine’s Minor Seminary in Mississippi, U.S.A., and Mayor Seminario Conciliar in Guatemala City.

Price entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council. Three years later, on September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People’s United Party (PUP), which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence of the British colony, then known as British Honduras.

Alongside Belizean fighters like Clifford Betson, Antonio Soberanis, Henry Middleton, Nicholas Pollard Sr., John Smith, Herbert, FullerHerman Jex, Leigh Richardson, Phillip Goldson … Belize, then British Honduras; was on its way to becoming an independent nation and Price, on his way to becoming a national icon, hero and being named Father of the Nation

Awards

  • 1982: Member of the Privy Council.
  • The Order of the Caribbean Community.
  • 2000: The Order of National Hero, the first to receive this award in Belize.

We are called to build this nation; to ensure that it is Christian and prosperous; free. A nation whose citizens are distinguished by correct sense of national pride, dignity, and virtue. We are called to put an end to every trace of prejudice, ignorance and mistrust. Such is the nature and challenge which confront us – this, our appointment with history.
(Speech given by First Minister George Price at Wesley Church, Sunday, August 5, 1962)

 

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Right in your backyard

This week started on a sad note. The start of a hostile takeover of our country by the very people we put all our trust in. While I believe that for a country like Belize, utilities should be owned by the people; I understand that the need for growth is important and it is better left in the hands of private investors; carefully selected investors.

Continue reading “Right in your backyard”