At today’s budget reading, the Prime Minister addressed the infrastructural projects which he referred to as this administration’s “Herculean public works drive”. He said that it is one of the highest priorities of the Government.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development
“In the north, we have spent over $2.7 million on rehabilitation of sugar roads in response to the heavy rains. This was in addition to the $2.4 million that was spent on upgrading feeder roads in several villages and communities. In the west, the work continues at a steady pace on the New Macal River Crossing and on the two connecting boulevards in the Twin Towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio. Next, we will tackle the Santa Elena drainage project and the concreting of Bishop Martin Boulevard. And in Benque and Belmopan, contracts have been signed and activity commenced on cementing a number of major arteries. In the south, construction of the Southern Highway is nearing completion and the day of travelling the full length of Belize from northern to southern border over a fully paved road of high international standard will soon be a reality”.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow: “As we roll out the hugely successful NHI program – moving next to Corozal – the Ministry of Health will continue to construct a solid foundation of primary care even as we build our capacity to treat heart disease, kidney disorders, cancers and trauma Education. In this budget, we will continue to implement reforms in education financing and we will continue to provide resources for teacher education, curriculum development, and early childhood learning. At the secondary level we will, as I earlier indicated, earmark funds to assist deserving secondary school students to pay fees for the all important CXC exams. And, Mr. Speaker, we will now pay even more monitoring attention to improved education quality and output”.
For education, government will be paying for CXC’s, up to 6 subjects per student, on a needs basis. The Prime Minister said that the government will accomplish all this without adding any new taxes on the Belizean people.