udp belize action plan 2012-2017
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DESCRIPTIONUDP Belize Action Plan 2012-2017
Party Leaders Message
Although not new, the focus on agriculture has to shift gears. We have to do much more to
ensure broader access to credit and better marketing efforts. Heightened agricultural
activity will have to be attuned both to greater local self-sufficiency, and to increased
production for export.
Generally, government must become more efficient. Red tape has to be cut, bureaucracy
made leaner, and a culture of quick, courteous and effective service made the hallmark
of the next Administration.
Tax reform is to be a key plank in the reorganization for greater productivity.
And by a combination of efforts that will include the formation of a national
bank, interest rates must be lowered and the cost of capital made more
In the first term, the UDP set great store by its pro-poor initiatives, its
housing, education, employment and infrastructure drive. Government,
as a matter of policy and deliberate strategy, became bigger. At a
time of shrinking private sector activity because of planetary
conditions, this was the right thing to do, the only thing to do.
But the second term should see a gradually improving
worldwide economic climate, with an eventual return to
previous levels of foreign direct investment and
international tourism activity. This now requires greater
emphasis on the Belizean private sector; and that
Government should do more to ensure the kind of
enabling climate that will spur greater job-creating
and wealth-enhancing business activity in Belize.
This, then, will be the challenge for the next UDP
Government: to consolidate and expand public sector
investment in people and the economy, while at the same
time harnessing growth and development firmly to an
enhanced driver's role for the private sector.
The UDP's dedication, commitment and track record are
such that I believe no one will doubt our ability to
handsomely meet and overcome this challenge, and all
Hon. Dean O. Barrow
o Extend the school assistance program from $300 to $350, the
additional $50 as a uniform and book assistance grant.
o Shareholders income from private companies who gross $5 million or
less will be exempt from personal income taxes.
o Establish a mortgage guarantee scheme to assist first time
homeowners to cover their 10 % down payment on mortgage loans
up to $100,000.
o Free up VOIP to residential landline customers in the next few
months to be eventually extended to mobile devices.
o A full review of the import duties regime with a view to rationalize it.
o Establishment of a National Bank.
o Establish an insurance guarantee program for Exports.
o Extend outpatient service at all polyclinics to a full 12 hours, including
o 15,000 house lots and farm land granted to new first time land
o A new Belize City Infrastructure project.
o Rebuild access roads to major tourist sites.
o Build a new municipal airport in Belize City
o Construction of a new road and bridge at Chetumal Street, with the
construction of a new police headquarters, sporting complex,
administration building and national bus terminal on the new
o New drainage project for Belama extension and northern highway.
o Rebuild northern highway from Haulover Bridge to Boom Junction.
o Emphasize the teaching of Belize's culture, history and politics at
primary and secondary schools.
o Construct new public hospitals in San Pedro and Punta Gorda.
TOURISM & CULTURE
o Program to improve service delivery countrywide,
reduce waiting time at Lands Department offices,
improve internal controls, safeguard files and land
o Implement the land
u s e p o l i c y a n d
framework as well as
the National Forest
Policy to ensure sustainable forest management and
ensure greater benefits to the people.
o Increase alternative livelihood opportunities for
communities near protected areas to reduce poverty.
o Address climate change and natural disaster risk
management within national plans and through
collaboration with regional partners.
The UDP is committed to an energy policy that puts Belize
on a path to energy efficiency, sustainability and
resilience over the next 30 years, while maximizing
economic benefits to the nation. In the next five years, the
Peter Eden MartinezToledo East
Elvin PennerCayo Northeast
Santino CastilloCaribbean Shores
Juan CoyToledo West
Landy BurnsOrange Walk East
George GoughFort George
Mark KingLake Independence
Edmund CastroBelize Rural North
Lee Mark ChangFreetown
Gabriel MartinezCorozal Southwest
Raul RosadoCorozal Southeast
Hugo PattCorozal North
Gaspar vegaOrange Walk North
Denni GrijalvaOrange Walk Central
Rosendo UrbinaOrange Walk South
Melvin HulseStann Creek West
Salvador FernandezCayo North
Manuel HerediaBelize Rural South
Anthony MartinezPort Loyola
Michael HutchinsonBelize Rural Central
Pablo MarinCorozal Bay
Rene MonteroCayo Central
Always for the People!Arthur Roches
Ramon WitzCayo South
Erwin ContrerasCayo West
Dean Oliver Barrow
Party Leader / Queens Square
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