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Plenty - plenty in a time of lean Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

There is no denying that the country is going through some trying times. At this point in time the administration of Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow is facing quite a financial challenge in particular the challenge of renegotiating the Superbond once again. The millstone which was tied around the neck of the Belizean economy is back to haunt us and the government is left with no option but to renegotiate it. We simply cannot afford to pay the bond holders and already there is talk of a default if there is not a renegotiated agreement. We are indeed in a time of lean. Even so this UDP government continues to deliver.

Just this past week we saw the opening of two football stadiums, one in San Pedro and one in Santa Elena. There was the opening of a new Polyclinic in Corozal Town. There was also the opening of a new NEMO facility in Orange Walk Town but two weeks ago. This week a new shelter was opened in Crooked Tree. The police will on Thursday receive 26 brand new vehicles, the bridge that will span the Macal river in Cayo is seeing the carriageway being put in place. Really, people can actually cross from one side of the river to the other on the carriageway. The Northern Highway between Belize City and Ladyville is nearing completion. The Hummingbird Highway is now a marvel, making travel to and from Dangriga more pleasurable and more importantly safer. Residents of Bomba on the Old Northern Highway and Maya Mopan in Belmopan like countless others now have access to electricity when there was none before. 300 residents in affected areas across the country have received new houses as a result of NEMO stepping in to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. This is without even the mention that over 2 thousand more persons had received varying degrees of help.

These examples of the government delivering plenty, are just but a few which demonstrate the UDP's ability to do work despite all the adversities being faced by Belize. Of course the economy is not doing that great- the Statistical Institute of Belize records contraction in the economy in the third quarter but still there are glimmers of hope that we can look to that shows that while we may not be doing that well we are definitely not doing that bad.

All of this is possible because this government is committed to people and development. Under any other administration, and yes we do speak of the PUP administration, things would not be looking this good considering the circumstances. But this is a UDP administration which has proven time and time again that when push comes to shove we will shove and shove in a direction which will see all Belizeans having a better life even if it is not as good as people would want. Better it will be no matter what.