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Ho. 45 U*K~******** p to 7th November, 1966.
TRIP-ARTITE SURVEY 'REPORT HANDED IN
The tri-partite economic survey team appointed by Britain, the
U.S.A. and Canada last May, has now handed in its report. A copy has
been transmitted to the Belizean government.
Members of the team were Professor G. Clayton of the University
of Wales, Chairman, Mr W.B. Gainer, University of Alberta, representing
Canada and Mr E.T. York, of the University of Florida, for the United
States of America.
The group was asked to examine the economic potential of Belize
and suggest guide lines for development:over the next five years.
Ready To Help
The objectives of the sponsoring governments was to establish
essential economic information and to make this available for general
use in order to promotee more rapid:and sound development of the country.
Britain, Canada and the U.S.A. have indicated that they are
ready to consider with the Government of Belize ways in which the eco-
nomic development of the country might be promoted in the light of the
Meanwhile a report published in the Miami Herald recently stated
that the'economy of Belize has been expanding at an annual rate of 12%
in recent years. There should be an excellent chance of achieving a
growth rate of 9% in real terms by 1970.
The Herald report, said to be based on the Tri-partite survey,
highlighted the need for foreign investment in Belize.
OPPOrTUNITIES FOR MEXICO-BELIZE
CO-OTPBRATTON IN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
Quintana Roo's Tourism Delegate, .Sefor Gustavo Verdayes, arrived
on Friday at the start of a four day visit during which he is having
discussions with the Minister of Tourism, the Tourist Organization and
the Chamber of Commerce.
The visit was arranged by the Tourist Board with a view to
facilitating the flow of tourists from Mexico and North America through
the neighboring province of the United States of Mexico.
Field trips for the visitor included visits to the Maya centres
of Xunantunich and Altun Ha, an overnight stay at San Pedro, Ambergris
Caye and a working dinner at Tropical Park country club.
When Sefior Verdayes was received by the Minister of Tourism on
Saturday he presented several concrete projects'for two-way co-opera-
tion between Mexico and Belize for their mutual benefit in tourism
BELIZEAN AIRLINE. SEEKS TO OPEN NEW ROUTE
In Kingston, Jam.aica last Thursday on a proving flight for the pro-
nosed Belizean Airlines the Hon- Hector Silva, Minister of Communications,
called on his Jamaican counterpart, the Hon. Cleve Lewis.
The Ministers exchanged goodwill mementos to mark the occasion.
Accompanying Mr Silva on the overnight trip were Chief Broadcast-
ing Officer Everald Waight and Mr Reuben Romero, the Airport B-i,:ger.
The Jet Commander was piloted by Mr Harold Harbican, Managing
Director of Belizean Airlines Limited, which is seeking a franchise to
operate a Houstan (Texas) Belize City Cayman route.
PUBLIC TZ RINGS ON SUGAR INDUSTRY BILLS
The Economic Development Committee of the House of Representatives,,,
Chairman Fred H-unter, has held meetings in Orange Valk and Co-ozal towns
in connection with the C-.ne Farmers' Association (Amendment) Bill and the
Sugar Control Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, which were put through their
first reading on October 5?.th.
In Orange Walk town hundreds of cane farmers from villages all
over the District as well as a good number from the municipal area, paid
keen attention as the Chairman dealt with the Bills, point by point.
The second day of hearings, in Corozal Town, attracted over a
hundred caferos. Our core-spondent says suggestions and questions flowed
freely from the floor.
At the end of the session the Hon. Florencio Marin, himself a cane
farmer, noted with appreciation that it was the first occasional which the
House of Representatives had adopted this kind of consultative process to
sample public opinion before amending any law,
All round satisfaction was voiced with the move.
D...C. REPOrLT MODEST PROFIT. NO DIVIDENDS YET
Presenting his annual report to a general meeting of the Develop
i'ent Fnue1 C( iporporation last Friday night, the Chairman, Mr Santiago
nt-1.nIlo, emphasized that such loans as have been issued, were approved
following the closest possible scrutiny.
The remaining funds are held by the British Government and are
earning sufficient interest to defray operating expenses and accumulate a
But while the Corporation has been paying its way it would have to
be understood that no dividend could be paid in the near future. The cost
of a modest expansion of the Corporation would have to be met before any
surplus would be available for shareholders.
Still Time To Redeem Shares
On loan applications, he said, many of these had been rejected
because they were considered 'personal'. There were also questions from
the floor about the position with regard to shareholders with unpaid
/balances whose shares
balances whose shares had recently been forfeited.
Gene--al TManager Ialph Wyeth explained that the regulations are
cler.r on this point. Shareholders are responsible for unpaid calls not-
withstanding forfeiture. The Directors are authorized to enforce pay-
ment. Delinquent shareholders ay, however, reinstate their holdings at
any time within six tmont o of th date of forfeiture.
The share transfer books and register of members, closed on
October 21st, will be re-opened as of November 7th.
PLANS FOR SECOND. BRIDGE BEING FINALIZED
On Monday morning Premier Price received Mr Jean Paradis and two
associates, Mr Andre Marceau and Mr Bernard St-Aubin.
Mr Paradis was representing the firm which has been commissioned
to prepare detailed estimates on the new bridge which is to span the
The bridge, to be built under a Canadian Aid agreement, is to be
constructed t a cost of $470,000 (Canadian) to Canada.
It will be 25C foet long with a 28 foot carriage way. Provision
is m,do for two 5 ft ,si. e walks. Part of the cost will be borne by the
Belize Government. Material being provided by Canada.
P.W.D. engineers are now going over the documents brought by the
Canadian engineering consultants.
The Select Com'.ilttee on National Defense held a meeting at the
Assembly Chamber on Thursday.
Appearing to .ive evidence were the Garrison Commander, the
Commandant of the Volunteer Guard and the Acting Commissioner of Police.
Members of the Col.ittee are L.S. Sylvestre (Chairman), Fred
Hunter, C.L.B. Rogers, Elito Urbina and Philip Goldson.
Meanwhile, the Select Committee on Political Broadcasting held
its final public hearing on Wednesday.
Members are:- Messrs. Santiago Perdomo, Chairman, Allan Arthurs
and Edwin Morey.
The committee is now preparing its report for submission to the
House of Representatives.
HEALTH MINISTRY ADVISES WITHDRAWAL OF 'STARLAC' MILK,
Following reports about alleged harmful effects of Starlac milk
the Ministry of Health moved swiftly to have the product withdrawn from
the local market.
/The Ministry had
The Ministry h 1d b,,n informed th'iat on the recomi:enation of th0
Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.A., the Borden Company, as a pre-
cautionary measure, was recalling all stocks of Starlac Instantized Non.ft
Milk because of the possible contamination.
The Ministry of E a:lth last week strongly advised distributors
that supplies of the miill: hould be withdrawn u.-til further notice.
At the same ',ti.;t_ the Ministry made it clear that users of the
powdered milk provided by CARE should not be concerned about the warning.
PUTJA GORDA JOI3S THE NATIONAL TLEC'RICITY SCHEME
Following a meeting of the Punta Gorda Town Board, attended by
officials of the national Electricity Board, it was announced on Wednesday
that the Electricity Poard is to take over responsibility for electrifica-
tion in the municipal area from November 18th.
In Punta Gorda for the meeting was the Minister of Public Utiliti-
ties who is Chairman of the Electricity Board.
This is the.final extension of the operations of the National
Electricity Board planned for the first phase. The Board is now responsi-
ble for the supply of electricity in all the m-ajor district towns.
19O,5 CO-OP. CREDIT UNION, REPORT
The annual report of the Cooperatives and Credit Unions Depart-
ment for 1965, iade public last week, states that substantial expansions
in cooperative and credit operations took place during that period.
According to the report,, there was an atmo of growing confidence among
Belizeans in their role as producers.
There had been an, increase in the number of farming and fishing
communities who had decided to market their products and provide them-
selves with transport facilities through the cooperative approach.
The Acting Registrar of Cooperatives and Credit Unions, Mr Silas
Cayetano, pointed out th?'; both producers and consumers have benefited
from the increase in the services rendered by the cooperative societies.
C.U's Must Improve Services
Particularly gratifying was the consolidation of the financial
position of the three registered fishing cooper-tives. Towards the close
of the year some intensive promotion was directed to the establishment of
n-w -cooperative societies, one here in Belize City and th. other : .in the
,The report obcirvu-s that Credit Unions have been-facing competi-
tion from travelling insurance salesmen and branch offices of the-commer-
cial banks. While the development of thnso sorvicos is a logical conse-
quence of the country's economic growth Credit Unions could strengthen
their position by improving the service they offer members.
GILLETT STUDYING TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN BRITAIN
Representing Belize at a Huddersfield conference on education and
training recently was Mr Clive Gillett, Vice Principal of the Belize Tech-
He joined 120 Co:IIniealth educators in a two week study of train-
ing methods for middle level craftsmen and technologists in countries at
different levels of economic development,
Mr Gillette's visits to Britain was sponsored by the Ministry of
Education in Belize, He is to spend a further three months in Britain
pursuing his studies before returning to Belize.
:FRUITFUL' ATTACH.,MENT IN JAMAICA FOR TRAINING OFFICERR
As a result of a request from the Minister of Internal Affairs
here Mr Egbert Grinage, the senior officer in charge of Training in the
Civil Service was able to do a one week attachment with the Training Divi-
sion of the Jamaican Ministry of Finance during the last week in October.
Mr Grinage was able to discuss the specific problems of Belizean
students in Jamaica.
On his return Mr Grinage said his attachment was Wfruitful and
PREMIER RECEIVES RANKING METHODIST VISITOR
Paying his first visit to Belize last week Reverend Cyril J. Davey
General Secretar" of the Methodist M-.sionary Society in London, was
scheduled to visit the Corczsl, St-nn Creek and Cayo Districts.
Reverend Davey is on a familiarization tour of the Caribbean and
Guyana. He is to report to London on the problems faced by the church in
the Caribbean area.
Shortly after his arrival the visitor was introduced to the Pre-
mier by Rev, C.L. Carty, General Superintendent of the Methodist Mission.
Premier George Price assured his visitors that government is
genuinely concerned about the need for expansion of methodist educational
facilities. The Premier said government will lend its support to the
construction of the projected Methodist school at Lake Independence by
providing the land and help the cost of the building.
In addition, the Premier promised to visit Wesley College to see
what could be done about securing more land for the college, one of the
oldest in Belize. Similarly, any request for additional land for Fletcher
College in Corozal Town, would receive sympathetic consideration.
ARSENAL GETS NEW SCHOOL
A new school building, constructed on an aided self help basis,
was opened at Arenal in the Cayo district on Saturday.
Speaking 'n the occasion the Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs
G. Lizarraga declared:
"You have built this school as one organized body. You have ac-
quired strength. As the years go by, you will, with unity of purpose, go
/from strength to
strength to strength."
If the education of th!oir children was to be effective, villagers
would have to ta'.e a'v"ntage of the opportunity that had been provided
Concluding, Mrs Lizarre`::. -id tribute to the Director of CARE
in Belize, Mr Guy i
the Peace Corp Director, Mr Robert ,MoJ'et, for technical assistance
given by the Peace Corp Volunteers and to the Ministry of Social Develop-
ment for organizing the people.
TlgWS IN BRIEF
THE NEW METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL in Punta Gorda, built under the 50-60
church-state scheme, wns dedicated last week.
Present for the occasion w;-.s the Rev. Cyril Davey, visiting
General Secretary of the Methodir.t Missionary Society. The building was
built on an aided self help basis with the assistance of Peace Corps
Volunteer Richard Alford.
BRIGADIER AND MRS WILLIAM SIMONS have been transferred to Barbados
following eight years' service 7ith the Salvation Army here.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFICER, RTTDO CASTILLO left for the Federal German
Republic last Fridaj 6n a thro:e reec educational tour.
The visit was arranged by the German Ambass.dor to Jamaica,
Doctor Philip Schmidt Schlegel w ho visited Belize recently.
M.J. MACOUN, DEPUTY OVRRSE'S POLICE ADVISOR at the Commonwealth Office,
London, arrived on Friday to hold discussions with ranking police offi-
He was scheduled to visit police establishment in different parts
of the country.
THE COMPLETION 0T THREE CONCRETE BRIDGES in Stann Creek Town as well as
the comiiencement of repairs to Ca.nal Street, were announced at Monday's
meeting of the Stann Creek Town Board.
ORTHOPAEDIES EQTTIPIENT, including six pairs of arm and three pairs of
elbow crutches was handed over to the Stella Maris School for Handi-
capped children by the CARE representatives on Thursday morning.
THE "GOLDEN NUGGET CLUB, a popular club in Orange Walk Town was.burnt to
the ground on Wednesday.
/The building, only six
The building ,, only six months old, was valued at $125,000.
THE NEW CASA BLANCA HO'TEL in the he.-rt of San Ignacio, which boasts six-
teen rooms with hot and cold run..ing water, has been opened in time for
the big Western Agricultural Show on November 12th and 13th.
JOHN ANTHONY LONGSWORTH has been granted permission to pilot ships navi-
gating in Belizean territorial waters.
Rex Patten, Senior Customs Examiner has resumed duty as Secretary
to the Harbour Advisory Committee on his return from leave abroad.
AT THE END OF A TRIAL WHICH ATTRACTED MTTCH PTTBLIC INTEREST, Simon
Williams was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the murder of his
wife Edith along the Bnrmudian Landing Lemonal Road last May.