The Usually Boring Senate and It’s Procedures Was Alive With Political & Parliamentary Drama

The Senate of Belize is usually a dull and sometimes boring political body that is actually doing some critical parliamentary procedures in the governing of the country’s fiscal management and obligations.

Today’s session was theming with the drama of the debate of a motion to ‘Ratify an old Convention’ that is a requirement to proceed with some badly needed ‘Debt Management Requirements’ ; simply put, it is a situation that will help the country of Belize to defer payments and manage a current debt that is in excess of $4-Billon (Bz$).


This morning’s session at the SENATE was opened with the traditional prayer and procedures; – then came the moment to get down to business, and the leader of the new administration in the SENATE, Eamon Courtenay opened with his presentation of a motion to ‘Ratify the New York Convention on Foreign Arbitrary Awards‘ – and the debate on the floor of our seat of government began.

Thursday, January. 28th. 11.30am – SENATE of Belize –
L: Eamon Courtenay – R: Michael Peyrefitte

A key point being made by Senator Courtenay is that the Ratification’ of the Convention would include a provision (ie: a reservation) that will indicate that it cannot be applied retroactive; meaning that old debts owed by Belize would not have the permission to apply that ratification to old debts owed by Belize.

BELIZE SENATE JAN. 28th. 2021 – Senator: Eamon Courtenay
BELIZE SENATE JAN. 28th. 2021 -Senator: Michel Peyrefitte

In the closing portion of his rebuttal, Senator Michael Peyrefitte adamantly opposed the motion to ratify the convention, stating that it could only benefit British Billionaire Michael Ashcroft.

Senator Peyrefitte added that the process to ratify the ‘New York Convention – For The Enforcement Of Foreign Arbitral Awards‘ was not started by the UDP Administration. Which Senator Courtenay quickly rebuffed with evidence of communications between UDP officials and other international entities that were part of the negotiations about ratifying the convention back when the UDP was running the government.

Editor Notes: URL Research Resources
Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958) (the “New York Convention”)

Written & Compiled by: digitalBelize,LIVE Staff writer – – Thursday, January 28th. 2021 –

G.O.B Met By Virtual Meeting – Cabinet Brief

Belmopan. December 2, 2020. 5:15 p.m.

The Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño, met remotely in regular session on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

• Cabinet decided to launch a full investigation into the “sell-off” of government assets by the previous administration. The inquiry will include representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney General’s Ministry, the Ministry of the Public Service and representatives from the Public Service Union and the private sector.

• In accordance with its commitment to full transparency, Cabinet decided to authorize a forensic audit of Belize Infrastructure Limited, including all projects it administered.

• Hon. Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, updated the Cabinet on the current state of the nation’s roads, bridges and culverts and the need for emergency repairs and restoration. In this regard, Cabinet approved additional funding of BZ$9 million for road works especially on the major roads and highways severely impacted by the recent rains and floods.

• The Attorney General, Hon. Magali Marin-Young, presented a proposal to amend the legislation to impose time limits for the delivery of judgments in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The Hon. Attorney General informed Cabinet that she had consulted the President of the Court of Appeal, the Acting Chief Justice and the Belize Bar Association before presenting the proposal. Cabinet decided that the legislation would not come into effect immediately and agreed to approve an increase in the allocation for the Judiciary in next year’s budget.

• Cabinet also discussed important amendments to the Contractor General Act including proposals to introduce an independent Public Contracts Commission to review and approve the award of public contracts and to work along with the Contractor General to investigate any suspicious public contracts.

• The Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness, updated Cabinet on the current effects of the pandemic and measures recently implemented. Minister Chebat informed Cabinet that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture for the use of the laboratory at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority for COVID-19 PCR testing. This will scale up the capacity for PCR testing.

The Minister also indicated that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be doubling the lab staff to decrease the turnaround time for results.

• The Hon. Orlando Habet, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, updated the Cabinet on NEMO’s ongoing assistance as a result of the impact of the rains associated with Hurricanes ETA and IOTA. The Minister informed Cabinet that assistance for food, household appliances and other supplies were being provided to more than 2,800 Belizeans. Cabinet requested the production of an updated map of flood-prone areas by NEMO. This deadline for completion before the start of the 2021 Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Aid For Belize & Other C.A Countries- From IDB – World Bank Group & CABEI

On Friday November 20th. The ‘Inter-American Development Bank’ (IDB) and the ‘World Bank Group’, and the ‘Central American Bank for Economic Integration’ (CABEI) held a virtual meeting with leaders and ministers of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, to update the action plan for helping these countries cope with the impacts of hurricanes Eta and Iota

The flooding caused by Hurricane ‘ETA’ and then Hurricane ‘Iota’ has devastated almost all farms in Belize that produce fruits, vegetables and grains. Additionally, some farmers have lost livestock, support equipment and animal-housing structures. The estimated damage is still being tabulated and at the writing of the article the damage to infrastructure, road and bridges and farms are in excess of $174-million (US$), most of which were not insured against flooding.

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In a statement released today (press release) The IDB, CABEI and World Bank Group, said

“The IDB’s response began immediately following Hurricane Eta and has been expanded in light of the damages caused by Hurricane Iota. In coordination with national authorities, United Nations agencies, the World Bank Group and CABEI, the IDB is advancing a joint action plan to finance humanitarian assistance and reconstruction works in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, the most severely affected countries. In Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Belize, the plan will finance measures to rehabilitate affected infrastructure”.

Written & Compiled by: digitalBelize,LIVE Staff writer – Monday, November 23rd.. 2020 –