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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 11:07 am CST.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: During Sunday’s endorsement of Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley as Caribbean Shores area representative, guest speaker Patrick Faber revealed that Petrocaribe funds reportedly sponsored an outing to Corozal Town for an event on the beach side.

Patrick Faber (Minister of Education)

Patrick Faber
(Minister of Education)

While 22 busloads of Collet residents appeared to have had a good time, questions have been raised as to whether this is proper spending of loan funds that will eventually be paid back.

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) does not seem to think so. In a press release it states, “Spending loan funds on a picnic can in no way be seen as investing in our people’s future, and this activity underscores the need for procedures that uphold the principles of accountability, transparency and responsible spending, particularly in the use of loan funds.”

The Chamber committed itself  “to uphold the principle of good governance and calls on the Minister of Finance and on the Government of Belize to act responsibly in its use of those public funds which every single Belizean must repay.”

The Minister of Education has not given further explanation of the outing.

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