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Are Belizeans poor by choice or by force?

Sunday, July 19th, 2015. By Flora Pereira: “Belize’s water wells are running dry while Guatemala’s water fountains are overflowing! If GOB just build a proper water line then we will notmelchor1 need water wells or to even fetch from the over flowing fountains”.

With the state of our economy here in Belize, it saddens me to see poor people spend their disposable income in another country such as Guatemala. What I witnessed today at our western border blew me into madness.

The monies being spent over in Melchor is definitely theirs to do with as they please, and it is not my place to tell anyone how to spend their money, but I can’t help but think of the effects it has on the Belizean economy.

Yesterday alone there were approximately forty two buses parked at the western border and today thirty six buses. That is a total of 78 passenger buses in less than 48 hours, carrying approximately 5,000 people across the border.

If the average Belizean is spending BZ$200.00 this simply means that our economy just lost one Million Belize Dollars (BZ$1,000,000.00). Imagine, in two days approximately 1 million dollars was pumped into the Guatemalan economy directly out of Belize!

melchorThe World Bank’s 2000 World Development Report defines poverty as an unacceptable deprivation in a human’s well-being that can comprise both physiological and social deprivation.

A person can be considered poor if he or she is unable to secure the goods and services to meet these basic material needs

My million dollar question is: Are we poor by choice or by force? Please feel free to comment and shed some light in order to help our Belizeans understand the gravity of the damage on our economy by spending our Belizean dollars in a foreign country.

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  1. Roeni says:

    Why should we who want to stretch our dollar feel guilt about spending it outside of our Belizean economy when the GOB from the little man driving a boss all the way to Cancun or Playa del Carmen in a vehicle with GOB license plate, don’t feel like they shouldve stayed in our beautiful country. Belize has so many places to vacation that offer great prices for Belizeans but what do we do??? We go to Flores, Chets, Mahahual, States. I love my country from the streets that were (got to say were cze they arent anymore, thanks Petro Caribe) full of pot holes, to stressing over parking in down town S.I. to thr beaches of Placencia, the relaxing Saturday market day, chilling by Macal River with the rest of my Lena people. I love it. I want it to develop, but not pprematurely. …some ah we done d act like states pple, imagine how dey wa go on if we lee Belize get big.

  2. Jaz says:

    I don’t quite know if the best approach for GOB to stimulate growth in Belize would be to lowering import taxes. I import items for my business and honestly I can’t keep in business with the high taxes levied. Our local freight forwarders abuse us by charging large sums to bring items. As if that was not enough, our politicians are like fungus (fungi) and their relatives are the oozing puss filled sores spread about taking over land in the lands department, taking concessions from other businesses and getting Duty free for Vehicles of the year. I have seen in the News Paper that Vega’s Industries can bring in any “building materials, office equipment etc.” DUTY FREE. So, stop wondering why they have mansions and we are buying one rod of steel for almost $20. When you hear some gossip that the PUP is doing something, take a closer look at the OTHER pages of the newspaper to see all the land grab, concessions,exemptions. The UDP pointing fingers at the PUP while the next hand is busy pocketing something else. While the GOB is ready to levy taxes they have no on-going programs to train new business owners. When will it stop? When there’s nothing left.

  3. David Banner says:

    Most comments here and the article itself are laughable, why? Simple, if your country doesn’t produce anything it is relegated to a consumer economy. These are effects not causes. Research NFTA,TTIP or TTP. Dig a little deeper and you will begin to understand the hell that awaits you.

  4. David Banner says:

    I meant TPP..There is lots of info on the web. Serious people, feel free to start here –

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