Public and Private Sector unite at Business Forum Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Business community representativesPrivate sector representatives from the energy, agricultural and tourism sectors, financial institutions, wholesalers, construction companies and others joined officials of Government for the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) on Wednesday, June 5th.

Belize is now the thirteenth Caribbean country to launch the Caribbean Growth Forum. The CGF is a facilitated methodology for public-private dialogue centered on issues important for private sector growth. Amparo Masson works out of the Prime Minister’s office and her role is to facilitate such dialogue. She said, “The forum brings the private sector face-to-face with the public sector to come up with an action plan that will move some of the reform that the private sector is most concerned about.”

The launch of the CGF is the latest initiative by Government in its continuous effort to improve relations with the private sector. Prime Minister Barrow hosted the first National business Forum in November  2011. Since then, he has established the economic council and created the public/private sector dialogue in his office. Masson said, “These initiatives emphasize the commitment Prime Minister Barrow made at the first business forum in 2011 to improve public-private sector relations.”

Kay Menzies, President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said, “It is not an easy thing to one: get the private and public sector to speak and understand each other’s language; two: to decide what from a fairly long list of urgent issues should and can be tackled first, and three: to decide how best to tackle that which we decide to tackle.” Masson hopes that by following the proving methodology of CGF there will be progress in the near future.