Tuesday, April 28th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: On Friday afternoon Prime Minister Dean Barrow left Belize for Miami, Florida, where he met with representatives of Carnival Cruise Lines to discuss a way forward regarding the Stake Bank Port, and with officials of the Bank of America concerning its recently severed relations with corresponding banks and financial institutions in Belize, particularly the Belize Bank.
He returned to Belize today and met a welcoming committee of members of the press eager to find out if any breakthroughs were made.
He is saving the major news for a press conference to be held tomorrow in Belize City but indicated that in both instances the meetings were successful.
The meeting with Bank of America, he said, has provided a means of resolving the crisis with the local banks losing correspondent relationships, particularly the Belize Bank. And a way forward has also been outlined in relation to the cruise industry, the P.M. stated, though he warned that it is not entirely laid out.
Deputy Gaspar Vega acted as Prime Minister during the P.M.’s short departure from Belize.
In related news: there have been as many as 44 murders to date this year and after a spate of violence that has claimed five lives in the last two days Belizeans are on high alert. Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is keeping an eye on the situation.
He has also been keeping up with the situation in Caye Caulker where several residents have lost value for their beachfront properties after shadow companies sold land purporting to beachfront property but which are actually undeveloped parcels sitting mostly in the sea. The P.M. says his deputy Gaspar Vega, Minister for Natural Resources, will be made to answer to the situation.
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