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Belize launches Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018. 9:48 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:The Government of Belize, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officially launched Belize’s first ever Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan (CNTMP) yesterday.

The overall objective of the CNTMP is to serve as Belize’s preeminent reference document on transportation.

It will aid in facilitating strategic sector planning and more efficient and effective transport of people and freight within the country, and between Belize and its main trading partners.

The launch event was held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza and was attended by key representatives in the public and private sector as well as civil society.

The result of extensive coordination with key relevant public authorities and a broad cross-section of private-sector stakeholders, this milestone Master Plan is intended to guide future decisions on the growth and development of the country,” said  Ishmael Quiroz, Director of the Department of Public-Private Dialogue.

The CNTMP was developed by a team of experts from Egis International of France (in association with Transconsult of Mexico), an engineering group, specializing in transport engineering and urban development, and in providing economic and institutional advice.

This initiative was funded by a technical cooperation grant from the IDB’s Japan Special Fund valued at US $880,000 along with the counterpart contribution of US $220,000 by the government of Belize.

IDB’s country representative, Cassandra Rogers said: “The IDB strongly supports the Government’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy and is happy to have collaborated on the new transport master plan, which will increase competitiveness and expand the number of communities able to capitalize on the country’s tourism potential which is currently experiencing unprecedented growth.”

The Master Plan’s component reports are now available for public access on the Economic Development Council’s website: www.edc.gov.bz

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