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No. 15 Up to 11th April, 1965.
THE NEW CAPITAL MORE DETAILS
More details have been made public last Friday'on the
New Capital Project.
In a broadcast talk over Radio Belize the General
Manager of the Reconstruction and Development Corporation,.
Mr. Magnus Halcrow said some 1.$5,000000 would be spent on: what
he referred to as "the servicing of the area". This includes,
he explained, clearing roads and putting in water supply,
electricity and sewage schemes. .
Another $5,000,000 is to be spqnt on public buildings
which inclu,o..,a new fifty bed hospital, several schools, .govern-
ment buildings to house the Ministries and a new building for
These buildings, Mr. Halcrow disclosed, ar o to be built
of permanent materials stoheo coherete or whatever the con-
tractors feel will be most economic, taking into consideration
the prestige aspect of the particular buildings.
How The Money Will Be Spent.
Sf t Giving a breakdown of how the money will be spent,
Mr. Halerow said $4,500,000 would be made available as loan
funds for housing schemes. Provision .has been made for some
400 houses of various types and value for government employees,
plus another 500 for other persons who may wish to live in the
be It is not yet known on what terms,.these loans will be
Available, but it is hoped that they will not differ to any
.extent from the loans now being issued by the Roconstruction
and Development Corporation, Mr. .Halcrow said.
Construction Target Period 5 years
.Work on. the .new capital, he said, would be carried out
as quickly as possible. But obviously it would take a few years.
Mr. Halcrow declared that the programme submittedto the British
Government envisaged a target period of five years, during which
time there would be considerable .labour force employed, reaching
a peak of some 1,000 persons, mainly engaged in the construction
and civil engineering works
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Temporary accommodation would have to be provided on
the site and it is expected that some of the people concerned
will wanr to settle down and live permanently at the new
Earlier, in his talk, Mr, Halcrow said Government has
never hesitated in its determination as set out in the Peoplets
United Party's previous Manifesto and repeated in the present
one, that this project would be given the highest possible
On the amount of land required for the new capital
site Mr. Halcrow disclosed that 3,000 acres are immediately
required but additional land to the extent of about one mile
all round has been acquired as a protection against undesire-
able developments and speculations in the years to come.
On the subdivision of landfhe saidiphase one calls
for five thousand properties, and this does not need more than
six hundred acres. This area has already been underbrushed
and stumped to some extent,
t. Is A_ Splendid Thing.
All this would enable the Corporation to send in
surveyors again to fix the positions of the access road and
stragetic places so that the Corporation can start the actual
S construction of main roads permitting contractors and others
t'o get in and see the conditions at first hand.
Winding up his remarks, Mr. Halcrow had this to say:
"It is a splendid thing for a new emerging nation, as ours to
be able to start off with a new administrative headquarters
...such as this, and I think we must all be very happy that the
project is actually about to get fully underway.
7 YEAR PLAN BOOKLET
A simplified copy of the Seven ycar Development Plan,
covering the period 1964 to 1970, has been published by tbo
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in co-operation
with the G.I.S.
The purpose of this booklet is to enable students,
investors and government officers to study this important
document and so be able to participate.as fully as possible
in the development of the country.
In 1961 a Government Delegation from this country,
headed by Premier George Price visited the United Nations in
New York. As a direct result Ehe United Nations Technical
Assistance Board sent a team of exports to conduct an economic
survey of the country and to assist in the preparation of' a
Using the Mission's Report as a basis,. Government
prepared a detailed master plan. The final plan is the re-
sult of wide ranging consultations with the people.
Political And Economic Develo ment
In the Forward, Premier George Price notes the
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commencement of the period of our Seven Year D;velop-
ment Plan coincided with the date on which the new
constitution transferring to our country full Inter-
Self Gowvrnment, came into effect.
"Economic Development must always go hand in
hand with political advancement," he observes.
The booklet was prepared, he explains, in
order to set out as simply as possible the aims and
objectives of the various steps outlined in the Plan
.And m-kc known the methods to be employed to
achieve these objectives.
TOURISM MINIOITR DEMANDS ACTION
Mr. Raymond Weir, enterprising City Business-
man, has been elected Chairman of the 1965 Tourist
His election took place at the second meet-
ing of the group which the Minister of Tourism2 the
Hon. A.A. Hunter, has charged with the responsibility
of advising government on dynamic steps which can be
taken, without delay, to stimulate this country's
growing tourist industry,
The Committee this year is broadly representa-
tive of the various interests which make up the tourist
industry Hoteliers, carriers, hunting and marine
interests and the Chamber of Commerce and the Minister
has directed the central committee to get on with the
business of setting up sub committees whose job will
be to see that the details of the tourism development
programme takes fully into account the needs of each
sector in a balanced promotion drive.
The Tourist Committee has appointed the follow-
ing sub committees; Fishing, Hunting, Facilities in-
cluding hotels, carriers and entertainment and a special
committee on Trhining and Education.
The Training and Education sub committee will
have to do with the training of operatives and fostering
good public relations between tourists and personnel,
including government officers, who come into close contact
Still to be appointed is another group dealing
with publicity and promotion.
Protection For Ancient Relics.
Meanwhile, the central committee has acted swift-
ly to prevent the further destruction of relics of the
Maya civilization and other ancient monuments.
Its first submission to the Ministry of Tourism is
a proposal for stricter control and supervision measures
on Maya ruins throughout the country.
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VA -TIQN COURSE FOR TEN'HERS.
On Tuesday,"the Minister of Education' the Hon.
Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga, M.B.E. officially, declared
open two vacation courses for teachers of Primary and
Secondary Scho61s at the St. George's Teacher Training
College in Belize City.
The Minist-r. told the teachers she was sure
they would be amply repaid for the time and effort-they
were spending in attending the lectures.
"To teach a child the proper use of its mother
tongue" "the Minister went on, is by fab the most .im-
portant duty of any school Mastery,of the spoken lan-
guage is necessa-u-y-,'for full participation in the day to
day business of living. Mastery of the written language
is essential for further learning and for success in
whatever work one is called upon to do in life," the
She then went onh to say that in learning the.
mother tongue, whether it be the English or Spanish
Language oi any other, the child acquires a skill which
brings him into contact with the great minds of the past
and allows him to share in the achievements of the whole
The chair ,-ras taken by Senator Vernon Leslie,
Resident Tutor of the Exk-Jra Mural Department, U.W.I.
In a brief address, Senator Leslie congratulated
the Ministry and the Department of Education for arrang-
ing the course
Great rewards would be brought to c.1r youth if
teachers, at the conclusion of the course return to
their respective schools and teach the new methods which
they would lear.,o
LABOUR MINISTER OPENS YOUTH LEADERSHIP COURSE.
The Minister of Labour, the Hon. David McKoy)
who is also Member for the Stann Creek Rural Division
last Friday officially opened a week-end School for the
youth of the Stann Creek District
The School was held at Sittee River.
Mr. McKoy declared 'Today, we see emerging a
new concept of leadership", and he went c to compare the leaders
of the past and those of the present, emphasising that
there is no such thing as automatic aspectt for
authority. This Resect -has-to be wono Another attri-
bute of present day leadership is the increasing ac-
ceptance of leaders from the rank and file.
Stressing t>: importance of Parliamentary Pro-
cedure, Mr. McKoy said that this would help participants
to manage their affairs in an orderly and well disciplined
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manner. Parliamentary procedure is essential to the
proper functioning of all types of organization, hesaid.
The Week-end Course had a two-fold objective.
Firstly, to give members an opportunity to understand
their responsibilities and rights as citizens and secondly,
to assist members to develop their skill and talent.
CREDIT UNION ASSETS $1,691,661
Total Credit Unior S&ing thought thecountryin1964
reached a total of $1,.598,.010.
This was announced on Friday in a release by the
Credit Union League which said the figure represents an
increase of $171,904 over the 1963 total.
Other statistics show that the Credit Union
movement has a membership of 14,657 in 44 unions. Assets
The Minister of Credit Unions, the Hon. A.E.
Cattouse, commenting on the report said the figures show
that today, more than ever Belizeans are putting their
savings to work as they all do their part in the build-
ing of the new nation.