The Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño, met in regular session on March 23, 2021.
• The Government of Belize’s Union Budget Consultation Team updated Cabinet on its response to the unions’ latest correspondence and its intent to continue further discussions in good faith.
• Cabinet approved the plan from the Ministry of Education for the phased return to face-to-face instruction of schools at all levels and sectors across the country beginning April 12, 2021.
• Cabinet took note of the efforts being made by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Industry to consolidate and modernize the Company’s Law Framework in Belize, which is a critical step toward improving investor confidence, boosting competitiveness and modernizing this important sector.
• Cabinet approved the National Tourism Recovery Plan presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations which includes plans to place Belize’s tourism sector back on path with pre-pandemic growth trends, motivate the sector to embrace more market centric, digitally inclined and resilient future.
• Cabinet approved the recommendations by the Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation for the planned modernization of Belize’s Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System.
The recommendations include:
Modernizing the oversight system to address the current problems in the system
Consider future hiring of more aviation professionals that will allow for management of future growth in the aviation industry
Putting measures in place to allow for revenue collection from aviation activities
Seek funding for the continued implementation of the modernization of Belize’s aviation safety and oversight system.
• Finally, Cabinet received an update from Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, of the results of the successful meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala where both ministers expressed a desire to improve the bilateral relationship, especially in the areas of trade and the importance of maintaining dialogue and implementation of the 2005 Confidence Building Measures.
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