Saturday, May 25, 2024

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Making Every Dollar Count”: Prime Minister Dean Barrow presents Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Budget

The Fiscal Year 2020/2021 budget was presented at the National Assembly Chamber in Belmopan on Thursday, March 5th.

Senior U.S. State Department Official Visits Belize

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Julie Chung of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs visited Belize on October 27-28.

Another delay in the ground-breaking for new schools on Ambergris Caye

Another school year has begun, and the ground-breaking ceremony for the schools planned for north of San Pedro Town has once again been delayed. It is now tentatively set to take place after the September celebrations. The ground-breaking had previously been scheduled for August, but that never happened.

Belize rejects being placed on EU list of non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes

The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 12th, in Brussels, Belgium, identifying Belize as failing to meet agreed tax good governance standards. The Government of Belize (GOB) was quick to respond via an official statement, rejecting the designation of Belize on the said list. GOB raised concerns about the questionable and inaccurate conclusions drawn in respect of its obligation to work with its global partners in establishing a modern and fair international tax framework.

Another reduction in fuel prices

According to the Belize Bureau of Standers (BBS), effective Wednesday, December 5th the price of premium gasoline went down by $0.18 to $11.32, regular gasoline went down by $0.19 to $9.76, diesel went down $0.41 to $10.75, and kerosene went down by $0.55 to $8.15.

Prime Minister Barrow to Remain in Office Until 2020

Cabinet at its meeting, November 27th, discussed the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) current trajectory heading towards the 2020 general elections.

GOB introduces an amendment to block tax refunds for tour operators

To ensure the Government of Belize (GOB) has enough funds to cover their bills, Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented a bill to the House of Representative to amend the General Sales Tax (GST) Act. The amendment would see local tour operators not being able to collect their tax refunds as dictated by the law.

Cannabis controversy – MOH explains its position on farming cannabis for export

It has been revealed that the Minister of Health, Honourable Pablo Marin, has signed two letters allegedly supporting the establishment of cannabis and hemp farms in southern Belize to develop medical products for exportation. While this news caused much controversy, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has clarified that these contracts are not related to the legalization of marijuana in Belize, as the cultivation of the plants in question complies with the Misuse of Drugs Act.