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Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017. 1:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: At the 97th Annual General Meeting of the Belize Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 27, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow gave a speech much like his farewell speech.

At the end of his address to the business community, Barrow stated that it is his last opportunity to address the AGM.

Barrow concluded by thanking members of the Chamber for their support and said that he hoped his legacy would show that a stable business environment prevailed “ largely free of rampant cronyism and secret contracts; that my administration was bold without gambling on the public purse; and that we struck a reasonable balance between rewarding entrepreneurship on the one hand and protecting society’s disadvantaged on the other,” he added.

According to Barrow, this is the construct that his administration continues to pursue, reserving stakes from the moneyed as well as the marginalized, for the producer as well as the patron and for the public and private branches of the economy.

Barrow served as Leader of the Opposition from 1998-2008 when the United Democratic Party won General Elections.

Before becoming Prime Minister of Belize, Barrow served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993-1998.

Barrow and his United Democratic Party have won three consecutive general elections in Belize. While elections are not due until the year 2020, many have speculated that Barrow may be considering early retirement from politics before the end of the current term due to his health. Barrow had indicated that he would be retiring at the end of his third term in office.

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