AR WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
ZE CITY P. O. Box324.
No, 8 ******U******* Up to 21st February, 1966.
THE "WASHINGTON POST" ON BELIZE
S The Washington Post, the influential U.S.-.A publication has
described Premier George Price as a "dynamic leader, a human whirl-
wind," busy resurrecting and improving conditions in Belize.
The article was written by Mr Robert H. Estabrook who visit-
ed Belize recently.
Mr Estabrook told his readers...... "Mr Price makes it his
personal concern to prod, cajole, and encourage the 110,000 people to
be ready for their new responsibilities when the country becomes the
independent nation of Belize, probably by 1968."
"Price operates'with the energy and force of a pile-driver.
He is co:nstahntly "o 'thie movheand he tries to visit every district
once a-month," the-article continues.
The Post says that at face value Belize, has few assets for
independence but it has hope in a development plan.
.Listing some of the factors in our.favour the article :contin-
ue', "Belize haq'some present and potential advantages. Apart from
spirit, foremost is the fact that 70% of the people are functionally
literate, notwithstanding overcrowded _church schools,".."
The paper takes note that Belize has inherited British tradi-
tions -of order and democratic practice. It is short of professional
skills but has a trained civil service with capable administrators.
Its .people are friendly and confident.
On political stability, the Washington Post rad this to say
"Belize: has stable -Government. The skillful British Governor, Sir
Peter" Stallard, remains in the background to encourage local responsi-
The author found the Belizean government "singularly-free-- .
Referring to the political philosophy of the Premier, the
Washington Post quotes the Premier as saying his government'i6 wedded
to Christian Demcra'cy, wedded in private ownership with Social respbn-
sibility, He claims kinship with other Christian Democratic movements
in Latin America.
Rejecting communism-outright Mr Price told Foreign Editor
Estabrook: "What Communism can do for the country Christian Democracy
can do better."
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Looking forward to Independence and beyond the feature art-
icle says that the Premier's plan is to keop Belizo in the Common-
wealth because it must look to Britain and Canada for continued mark-
ets and investments. He is also interested in closer association
with Central America in the future.
The country at present is not eligible for United States
loans or grants for infrastructure development Belize so badly needs,
but independence the Premier hopes, will make Belize eligible for
some help it does not now receive.
Belize Will Make It
With the additional private investment-it now seeks in the
development of industries and tourism, Mr Price is confident that
Belize will make the grade.
Mr Estabrook's visit early in February was at the suggestion
of former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America
-:Affairs, Mr Jack Hood Vaughan who is now director of the Peace Corps.
The author was for four years Chief Foreign Correspondent in
Lohdon for the Washington Post.
NEW S. o S. HOPES TO SEE PREMIER "BEFORE TOO LONG"
The Secretary of State for Dependent Territories, Lord
Longford has given an assurance that his appointment does not in any
way represent a change in the British Government's attitude towards
the future of Belize.
In a letter to Premier George Price last week, Lord Longford
said he looks forward to enjoying "happy and fruitful relations with
you and your government". The new Secretary of State also said he
*looks forward to seeing the Premier "before too long".
InCneendence The Constant Goal
Lord Longford was replying to a letter of congratulations
csnt by the Premier shortly after he assumed office in succession to
Mr'Anthony Greenwood. In his letter Premier Price expressed hope that
his,gQvernment will enjoy as happy a relationship with Lord Longford
as they have enjoyed with his predecessors.
At the same time Mr Price had expressed confidence that the
new Secretary of State will continue to help the people of Belize
towards their goal of independence.
NEW CITY MARKET IN PROSPECT
The happy working relation which exists between national
government and the Belize.City Council was emphasized last week as
City Fathers gave their unanimous approval to a recommendation of .the
Finance Committee that an application be made to Central Governme'nt for
a C.D.& W. Grant to build a new market for the nations capitol.
Introducing the resolution, Councillor Anthony Meighan ex-
plained that financing the.new market would be beyond the capacity of
the City Council.
Supporting the motion Deputy Mayor Mr Orlando Lizama observed,
that t" market place is an important,place not only because of the ex-
change of commodities but also because of the exchange of ideas that'
takes place there, As ,we grow in self-sufficiency, he went on, there is
going to be a growing h.ed. for the provision.-of.an adequate show place
for oi rational produce,
One hundred and twenty-three tr'ae licehces were presented
for approval and the Lord Mayor paid tribute to t'he 'drive' of Councilltr,
James Meighan for doing preparatory work on, these licences.
.i:... Granting permission for 'the laying of sewerage lines across
two street's, the Courxfil made it clear that the. repair"of the streets
will be the responsibility of the pipe. line sponsors,
Mr.Aubrey Leslie was appointed Bailiff with effect from
March Ist '
'MESOP.' C.U. PRESENTS A SANCTUARY FOR THE MOVEMENT :
'"As Minister responsible for Cooperatives, I take this
opportunityy to assure''you again that Governetnt attaches great import-
ance t' the strengthening and organization of cooperatives'-,
This declaration by the Honourable Albert Cattouse last
Saturday afternoon was made on the occasion of the opening of.the
, IIeso6p/oamia Credit Union's $12,000 office building on the.southSide of
The people's United Party Manifesto for Belizean Progress,
ha rec'al.ed, spells outiquite clearly what, he has said. And the
Seven Year Development Plan goes farther in suggesting ,that .cooperatives
ilay provide the solution for many of the colntry'ys economic drawbacks.
Not only should the new building facilitate office routine -
it should also provide a sanctuary for the preservation and teaching of
the ideals of the cooperative movement; it should lend integrity'and
dignity to the whole Mesopotamia Area. .
S Before declaring the building open )'. paid tribute to the
Belizean constructor, Mr Jeffrey O'Brien and his workers'..
More S-.ch Landmarks ..
The Master of Ceremonies, Mr Owen Tucker, who is President
of the Mesopotamia Credit Union, reviewed the history of the Union in
his address of welcome.
The building was blessed *by Father Frank Stobie, of the
Society-of Jesus, Pastor of the Saint Ignatius Parish.
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Speaking on the same occasion, National Credit Union League,
c1"orSgeant Major Frederick Gill, in congratulating the Mesopotamia Union
-called on all Credit Unionists present to go forward and continue to
..uild .landmarks such as the office building of the Mesopotamia Credit
.'.;- LABOUR MINISTER ON THE SPOT
'The Minister of Labour the Honourable D.L. MoKoy, accom-
.ranied by his principal secretary, last week toured work sites in the
Corczal and Orange Walk districts for three days.
In both districts the Minister held discussions with the
Immigrant Labour Committee.
In the Corozal district, Mr McKoy also had a meeting with
the Cane Farmerst Association to assess labour requirements during.the
present season. Special consideration was given to opportunities for
recruiting Belizeans from other districts
Speaking with workers in the field the Minister learned
that it is possible for an average worker to earn between $20 and $25
Call To: Work
At Estrella, the Minister inspected housing units provided
by Plantations Ltd. and chatted with workers about conditions generally.
Here, he heard from Mr Leslie Sharp, a company representative, of plans
;* '"make Estrella a model workers' village.
Before returning to the capital, Mr McKoy had further dis-
cutsions in Orange Walk district with Assembly representative for the
In view of the demand for additional workers in the north,
the Minister has issued a call to persons willing to cut cane to regis-
-tcr'a the District Labour Office without delay. He will review the
situation at the end of March to find out how the demand for workers
is being met
WHAT'S NEW IN COROZAL TOWN?
On a visit to Corozal Town last Thursday, the Minister of
Local Government, the Hon. A.E. Cattouse, was shown around by the Mayor,
HoPi: Santiago Ricalde.
First stop was at the site which has been selected for the
slaughter house, situated at the entrance to the town.
Next, he was shown the sea wall and the new building which
houses the town's new electricity plant.
Further on the Minister saw a site being cleared for the
establishment of a multipurpose sports ground. Its main features are
to be a grand stand, now under construction, a cricket pitch, tennis
cour,-, baseball diamond, basketball court and football field.
The town's new pier and the site for another for use by
fishermen, were also inspected.
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SBefore the return journey toB elize City, the Minister dropped
,'ln at :the Town Hall for.further discussions with the Mayor and Clerk to
MEXICO AFFORDS FAVOURED NATION' STATUS
The Mexican Consul General Licenciado Juan Manuel Ramirez told
th Premmier last week that'in the future Belizeans visiting Mexico will
able to get a tourist card valid, for six months at no cost.
Under a recent decree issued by President Gustavou Diaz Ordaz,
Belize is to be included in the list of countries eligible for non-rev-
ienue tourist cards. Previously, there was a fee of 38.50, Mexican
: iThe tourist card is distinct from the intransit migrant .card
Jfor which a fee 6f 37"50 pesos is still in force for. person' .in transit
to another country.
SThe Premier has thanked Licenciado Ramirez for this new ges-
ture of friendship on the part'of his government towards the people of
TOURISM: NO LWOTERING OF STANDARDS
The Comptroller of Customs and the Secretary of the laurist
Board Mr R.L. Clark, in a joint statement last Thursday sounded. I warning
that there is to be no relaxation in the safety and navigational fitness
requiI6ements of~ boat operators taking tourists and other p4ssengers.,on
;. sea going trips,
Early in the month the Tourist Board issued a general invita.-
tion to persons having facilities suitable for accommodating tourists on
fishing and water sport excursions to register with the tourist.buireauo
The Tourist Board Secretary emphasized that this invitation
Vw"is nothing more than. a first stepby the ,Board in the .direction of work-
. n n j but a, broad scheme under which tourist.guides in various categories
ma.. eventually bt,' required to qualify for. an official .permit,
At the same time it was pointed out that it is an offence
under the law for Operators to put to sea with tourists in boats which
have not been previously inspected and approved as a.passenger carrying
craft by 'the Harbour Master.
On the general subject of guiding, the Tourist', Board Sece-
rotary observed that the system of having licensed or recommended guides
and other tourist facilities is standard procedure in every country
'whereher thre is. well organized.tourist industry.
Here in Belize the.Minister of Tourism has directed the Board-
to conduct a comparative study of .the .guiding principles employed in
rther countries and submit a-slate of proposals on tourist guides with-'
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TO IMPROVE BELIZEAN RUM
The Minister of Economic Development has taken the initiative
in'improving the quality of Belizean rum.
Last week the Ministry summoned representatives of the dis-
tilleries to a special meeting to study measures that might lead to im-
v-'ovements on the quality of rum now being put on the market.
A working party has been set up as a result of the meeting to
explore the suggestions put forward at last week's meeting. They will
be reporting at a subsequent meeting.
NEW BOOK ON BELIZE
A new book on archaeological excavations in Belize, written
by Dr David Pendergast, is to be published by the University of
Oklahoma Press in November.
The book was written here last year while the Doctor was in
charge of excavations at the giant Maya Site at Altun Ha.
The book, entitled "The Walker-Caddy Expedition to Palenque,
1839-40" deals with the first government sponsored expedition to an
The expedition was sent from Belize via Flores, Peten to
Palenque. From thence, the party went on to Merida, returning to Belize
Leading the expedition were, Patric Walker, then Secretary to
the Superintendent of the Settlement of Belize and John Herbert Caddy, a
Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery and a talented artist.
Caddyts diary, his paintings of Palenque, Belize and other
scenes of the area, in addition to Walker's official report, make up
the nucleus of the book.
In addition to the description of Palenque, the book is very
revealing of life in this country in 1839. There is a captivating des-
criotion of the Belize river during floods in November and comments on
the places which they camped and the people they met.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce last
week was highlighted by an urgent appeal to Belizean businessmen by the
President, Mr Ismael Gomez, to invest more in the country, particularly
in tourist facilities.
Officers elected for the 1966-67 term included Mr Gomez as
President, Mr Frank Norris, Vice-President and Mr A. Liborio Ayuso,
The new councillors are Messrs. John Searle, Omario Perdomo,
Anthony Witter and Eduardo Mendez.
In his presidential address, Mr Gomoz noted that Belize is
steadily progressing towards economic viability. Our people, he
Observed, are becoming more and more conscious of the role they must play
in achieving this goal.
Invest In Tourist Facilities
On industrial development, Mr Gomez said light industries
could help provide the key to help raise our standard of living by re-
ducing imports of basic commodities. Here, he listed from the report of
the U.N. Economic Mission a number of specific recommendations.
On Tourism, the Chamber President observed that every country
in the world today is competing for a share of the profits of tourism.
'We in this country should not be left behind. He called on all members
of the Chamber to make facilities such as up-to-date restaurants motels
and gift shops available. These are opportunities for contributing
Stewards tourism development.
Mr Gomez disclosed that one of the points he had brought up at
thd last Directorst meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas
held in Belize City was the possibility of sending a speaker from this
country to the forthcoming convention to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Spokesman For Belize
These inquiries had led to the selection of the Honourable A.A.
Hunter, Minister of Natural Resources and Trade to represent Belize. The
Minister will be speaking on Tourism and the Development Incentives
offered by,:government. The fact that Mr Hunter had accepted the invita-
tion was an honour to the Chamber, he went on.
In conclusion, Mr Gomez was happy to acknowledge the interest
and sup-ort that had been forthcoming from the Premier, the U.S.A. Consul,
Mr Robert Tepper, Mr Frank Gatteri for their contribution towards the
Chamber's efforts in the 1966 term.
NEW LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD
The Labour Advisory Board for the year 1966 has been appointed
by the Minister of Labour, the Hon. D.L. McKoy.
The new members are Mr Allan Deeks, Mr A.M. Hoare and Mr James
D. Fahs representing the Employers.
Representing the workers are Mr Rae Lightburn, the President of
the Christian Workers Union, the Honourable Senator Jesus Ken, President
of the Forthern Cane Workers Unionand Mr Adolphus Rosales, General
Secretary of the General Workers Development Union.
The Public Interest is Represented by Senator V.H. Courtenay,
Barrister-at-Law, who is Chairman 'of the Labour Advisory Committee. The
Honourable Santiago Perdomo, Representative for the Cayo South Electoral
Division, is Vice Chairman and Mr Liberato Elijo is a member of the
HARBOUR ADVISORY GROUP
Appointed members of the Harbour Committee for 1966 were Messrs.
KoR. Fox, D.I. Pull, I. Gomez and H. Longsworth.
The Committee will be Chaired by the Principal Secretary at the
the Ministry of Public Utilities.
Mr R.N. Patten, Senior Customs Examiner is the Secretary.
TOLEDO GOING ALL OUT
Belizeans of the Toledo District are going all out in their
.drive to make Belize self-sufficient, especially in Rice.
A report by Mr Cristobel Chi, Village Council Chairman at San
Pedro Columbia as he paid a call on the Premier last week said San Pedro
Columbia had achieved the highest rice production for the year 1965.
Mr Chi-along with other villagers arrivedin Belize City by
-tuck on Monday morning from San Pedro Columbia. JHe said the road-is
-grjeatly improved particularly between Big Falls and Independence, since
the recent dry spell.
The truck is the property of the thirty member co-operative.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE ANNUAL CRIMINAL SESSIONS of the-Supreme Court in:he Southern
Districts opened in Stann Creek Town on Tuesday.
A guard of, honour was provided by 'a detachment of the Police
Force under Inspector Simons and Sgt. Major Gill.
There are five cases on the calendar.
A COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION has-been established to administer a Fund for
increasing inter-changes between Commonwealth Organizations in pro-
fessional fields and to provide assistance where it is needed in order
to foster such interchanges,
The Foundation will be an autonomous body, although it will
develop and maintain a close laison with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Its headquarters will be at Marborough House, London.
INSPECTOR WINSTON CARCAMO of the Police Traffic Branch delivered a public
lecture on traffic safety in the Stann Creek Town Hall on Wednesday.
The lecture whs sponsored by the town's Education Committee.
'T-e talk wis illustrated with films provided by the Government Informa-
H1NDREDS ON BELIZEANS in Orange Walk Town flocked to the Tropical
theatree on Feb. 19th to see the Hon. Elite Urbina oppn Muffels College.
Annual Elocution and Oratorical Contest.
First placeiin the junior division went to Oscar Sosa. Amelio
Cal came second.
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In the Oratorical Division Solomon Constanza took first place
with his address "Education in relation to the Nation". Placing second
w.as L-is Campos with a piece entitled "Belize Goes Forward to Indepen-
A FEW SHIPPING SERVICE has been established between Belize and Miami.
This.is provided by the Super Freeze Cornoration, which will carry
refrigerated general cargo.
Outward bound from Belize will be consignments of frozen
lobster tails, citrus concentrate, and possibly bananas.
TTE POLICE LONG SERVICE and Good Conduct Medal has been awarded to
Sergeant Major Frederick Gill of the Police Force.
Sergeant Major Gill, who is 47 joined the Police Force July
SFRAIiK A. KUYLEN has been appointed honorary Consul for Sweden.
The Exequatur empowering him to act, received Her Majesty's
signature on January 18th this year.
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