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Thursday, 10 December 2009 00:00

Cabinet met in regular session on Tuesday, 8 December, 2009.
Cabinet approves “Environmental guidelines” for Overwater Structures and for Marinas

Cabinet approved the establishment of necessary “environmental guidelines” for the continued construction of Overwater Structures and for Marinas in Belize.  For several years the Department of the Environment and the National Environmental Appraisal Committee has received applications for the construction and operation of overwater structures, specifically, overwater cabanas, villas, restaurants and bars, and for Marinas and Berthing Facilities. 

These structures have been proposed primarily for tourism purposes and are located in the coastal areas such as the offshore cayes, river banks and lagoons.   

Cabinet briefed on preparation of Horizon 2030

Cabinet was updated on the progress of preparation of Belize’s national development framework --- Horizon 2030.  Cabinet was informed that the preparation has commenced with the recruitment of the consulting firm of Barnett and Company, led by Dr. Carla Barnett.   Cabinet gave its approval for the process to prepare Horizon 2030 in September, 2008.  The project will be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the CDI.   

Workshop on the use of the National Livestock Farm Registry

Cabinet was briefed on a workshop for trainers on the use of the National Livestock Farm Registry and on data collection.   The objective of the training was to show Extension Officers the proper way of practically collecting data at the cattle farm and how to input the data and access the database.  The workshop was held last Wednesday at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. 

Prime Minister to lead delegation to Climate Change Conference

The Belize delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be headed by Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean Barrow.  The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow. The delegation will include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Hon. Gaspar Vega, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mrs. Beverly Castillo, and Dr. Kenrick Leslie and Mr. Carlos Fuller of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre based in Belmopan.  Prime Minister Barrow leaves Belize on Saturday, December 12, and returns on Sunday, December 20.  During his absence, Minister of Education, the Hon. Patrick Faber, will serve as Acting Prime Minister.  


Ministry of Health Hosts Donors’ Conference

On Thursday, December 10, the Ministry of Health will be the host for the launch of the Caribbean Health Outcomes Improvement Programme (CHOIP), a non-profit, non-governmental organization formed to support the Integrated Health Information Systems for CARICOM nations based on the success of the Belize Health Information System.  A sixteen member delegation will be arriving in Belize for this meeting including the Minister of Health from Guyana and representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Bank.