Party Leader John Briceño’s Address
September 30, 2020
Poverty remains the single biggest obstacle to development in Belize. Under the UDP, 50 percent of our families live in poverty, too many from rural communities. This is because the UDP failed to value the potential of our people not only in our cities and towns, but also in rural communities.
We will change this; the PUP will lead a sustained strategy to improve in the quality of life for all Belizeans including those in our low-income rural population, while at the same time seeking to assure an effective and sustained contribution of the rural population to our national economic development.
We will do this by ensuring that central government focuses on the kinds of development programs that will not only benefit our urban centers, but our rural communities as well so that our people who live in the countryside, will be able to live decent, dignified lives.
For us, specific rural areas will require special intervention in areas like improved governance, education, healthcare, agriculture and food production, roads, housing, and others
To make this happen we will
- Undertake village infrastructure programs to improve streets, bridges, culverts and garbage collection in rural communities
- Carry out a drainage program in low-lying communities to mitigate the effects of flooding associated with climate change, reduce the incidence of water borne diseases such as malaria and dengue
- Construct new hurricane shelters
- Upgrade and improve maintenance of all public buildings and land spaces
Our children in rural communities will see the standard in education improve and parents will benefit from our initiative that will invest three million dollars in a rural education grant fund.
A PUP-led government plans to invest in infrastructure, housing, and transport but with a real people-centered agenda and in accordance with our planned national priorities. The goal is to help all Belizean communities move forward toward a productive and sustainable future. Yes, our strategic agenda is ambitious, and it will focus on what we can do in the short, medium and the long term.
It will engage everyone because it will require excellent collaboration and partnerships among central government, the private sector and suppliers, local governments at the municipal and village levels, and non-governmental and community-based organizations. Our policy will create a huge demand for small contractors, skilled persons and local labourers, since most of the proposed constructions or works would be labor-intensive, meaning that approximately 50 percent of the total cost will accrue to wages.
Our Government will work closely with domestic financing institutions, friendly countries and the international financing institutions to secure the resources for investment.
My friends, we are confident that we have good plans, we will manage our resources – all our resources in an effective and transparent manner, and we will be accountable to you and our donors.
This we must and will do!
In so doing, we will have a greater impact on urban and rural families, because the policy will create jobs, improve the lives of our people and in so doing will help us reach our goal to reduce poverty by a half in 10 years.
Our infrastructure, housing and transport agenda will be driven by the needs of local communities and groups and will require excellent collaboration and partnerships among central government, the private sector and suppliers, local governments at the municipal and village levels, and non-governmental and community-based organizations.
As a nation we are weaker today than we were 12 years ago but we can and will change this together.
Together we can fix our infrastructure, find new opportunities for development, reduce poverty and bring development to all for this is how we build a Belize that works for everyone.
This is our promise because Everybody fu win!
Let’s beat the corona virus together by practicing the safety measures, remember to wash your hands often, practice physical distancing, and wear a mask in public.
And don’t forget to VOTE.
Thanks, God bless and join us this Sunday October 4 as we celebrate our virtual 70th Anniversary Party Council which will be a special event.