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Government lays Coastal, Caracol Road contracts before House; asks to re-appoint Ombudsman

Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020. 10:17 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: As part of the papers to be laid on the table of the House of Representatives today, there are copies of the contracts for three major roads being upgraded.

Contract No. 183 is the works for the upgrading of the Corozal to Sarteneja Road, funded and supervised by the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Contracts Nos. 202-204 are those for the upgrading of the Sixth Road or Coastal Highway project for consultancy services for engineering supervision phase two construction and post-construction services; and separately for lots 1 and 2 covering La Democracia to Soldier Creek Bridge and Soldier Creek Bridge to the junction with the Hummingbird Highway.

And Contracts Nos. 205-6 are those for Lots 1A and B of the Caracol Road from Santa Elena Town to Tripartite Junction and Georgeville to Tripartite Junction and Tripartite Junction to Blancaneaux Lodge Line.

The former are funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and British Government and built by Imer Hernandez Development Company; the latter funded by the OFID and other sources and built by Belize Roadway Construction and others.

Also before the House is a bill for an Act to validate the omission by the Minister of Finance to lay government contracts before the National Assembly for examination contrary to Chapter 15 of the Finance and Reform Audit Act.

Separately, the House is being asked to amend the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act to add a member to the Integrity Commission to be nominated by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB).

Additionally, Ombudsman Lionel Arzu, who has presented his 19th annual report, is being recommended to continue serving for another year.


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