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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Belize’s first Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan (CNTMP) was launched at the Belize Biltmore Plaza on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. This master plan is a part of the Government of Belize’s commitment to deliver a well-organized, sustainable, and climate-resilient transportation sector. This initiative was funded by a technical cooperation grant from the IDB’s Japan Special Fund valued at US$880,000 along with the counterpart contribution of US$220,000 by the Government of Belize.

The overall objective of the CNTMP is to serve as Belize’s preeminent reference document on transportation. It will aid in facilitating strategic sector planning and more efficient and effective transport of people and freight within the country as well as between Belize and its main trading partners.

The plan was developed by a team of experts from Egis International of France, an engineering group specializing in transport engineering and urban development, and in providing economic and institutional advice. An associate partner was Transconsult of Mexico which specializes in sustainable urban mobility, regional transport infrastructure, transport project implementation management, and operation of transport systems and infrastructure.

At the launch, key representatives in both the private and public sectors were in attendance. Minister of Transport, Hon. Edmond Castro, addressed those in attendance. “I think the younger ones behind us will be very impressed that we took time out to develop a strategic plan as to the way forward to develop our country, and to move our country forward in the twenty-first century and beyond. We are looking at everything as it relates to transportation – buses, shuttle buses, taxis; we are looking at water taxi; we are looking at aviation - those using the international and municipal airstrips. We know exactly, scientifically, how many people use our highways in terms of commuters, in terms of private transport. We can project, scientifically, how many people will be using them in the future and what we need to do to invest now. We have the data that reflects what we will need in the next few years (short term); by 2025 (medium term) and by 2035 (long term).”

“The IDB strongly supports the Government’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy and is happy to have collaborated on the new transport master plan, which will increase competitiveness and expand the number of communities able to capitalize on the country’s tourism potential which is currently experiencing unprecedented growth,” said Cassandra Rogers, IDB Country Representative.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:55