Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020. 6:44 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Chamberlain Consulting, the firm handling social engagement for the Port of Belize Ltd., held another round of stakeholder consultations today regarding the substantive Port Loyola Expansion project.
The consultation, which brought together members of the creative sector from across the country, forms a part of a wider process required by the Department of the Environment (DOE) for the company’s Environmental And Social Impact Assessment.
The forum was used to gain feedback on the project, which is geared towards upgrading the port to allow for berthing of larger cruise ships and a bulk handling facility. Dr. Dionne Chamberlain-Miranda explained that the consultations done thus far have included government ministries, municipal bodies, NGO’s, schools, utility companies, private citizens, Belizeans within the diaspora, and representatives from the tourism sector, just to name a few.
Key features of the project include a capacity to serve an annual visitorship of 2.5 million and a new access road to be built connecting the port to the George Prince Highway, which will allow tourists easier access to activities outside of the city while ensuring that the influx of people does not become a traffic problem for Belize City.
Dr. Chamberlain-Miranda noted that once the assessment gets approval from the DOE, the company will move on to public consultations to gain feedback from a wider cross-section of people and groups who will potentially be affected or benefit from the project and then to the Environmental Compliance Plan, which gives the company the green light on an environmental perspective. The project promises to bring much-needed jobs and growth to the Belizean economy.
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