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Commitments o Extend the school assistance program from $300 to $350, the o o

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additional $50 as a uniform and book assistance grant. Shareholders income from private companies who gross $5 million or less will be exempt from personal income taxes. Establish a mortgage guarantee scheme to assist first time homeowners to cover their 10 % down payment on mortgage loans up to $100,000. Free up VOIP to residential landline customers in the next few months to be eventually extended to mobile devices. A full review of the import duties regime with a view to rationalize it. Establishment of a National Bank. Establish an insurance guarantee program for Exports. Extend outpatient service at all polyclinics to a full 12 hours, including weekends. 15,000 house lots and farm land granted to new first time land owners. A new Belize City Infrastructure project. Rebuild access roads to major tourist sites. Build a new municipal airport in Belize City 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 boulevard. New drainage project for Belama extension and northern highway. Rebuild northern highway from Haulover Bridge to Boom Junction. Emphasize the teaching of Belize's culture, history and politics at primary and secondary schools. Construct new public hospitals in San Pedro and Punta Gorda.

Party Leader’s 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 competitive. 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 challenges.

Hon. Dean O. Barrow


TOURISM & CULTURE


o Program to improve service delivery countrywide,

reduce waiting time at Lands Department offices, improve internal controls, safeguard files and land tenure. o Implement the land use policy and integrated planning 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 UDP will:


Raul Rosado Corozal Southeast

Herman Longsworth Albert

Mark King Lake Independence

Gabriel Martinez Corozal Southwest

Hugo Patt Corozal North

Anthony Martinez Port Loyola

Michael Finnegan Mesopotamia

Gaspar vega Orange Walk North Pablo Marin Corozal Bay

Rosendo Urbina Orange Walk South

Landy Burns Orange Walk East

Lee Mark Chang Freetown

Denni Grijalva Orange Walk Central

Dean Oliver Barrow

Rene Montero Cayo Central

Michael Hutchinson Belize Rural Central

Party Leader / Queen’s Square

Erwin Contreras Cayo West

Manuel Heredia Belize Rural South

Elvin Penner Cayo Northeast

Edmund Castro Belize Rural North

Salvador Fernandez Cayo North

Ramon Witz Cayo South

John Saldivar Belmopan

Santino Castillo Caribbean Shores

George Gough Fort George

Patrick Faber Collet

Arthur Roches Dangriga

Juan Coy Toledo West

Peter Eden Martinez Toledo East

Melvin Hulse Stann Creek West

Always for the People!

Wilfred Elrington Pickstock

UDP Belize Action Plan 2012-2017  

UDP Belize Action Plan 2012-2017

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