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Poets Corner: Next door! | Caribbean News Now


Next door!

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

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A few years ago in Punta Gorda
Leo Sanchez organised a lecture
With some heavy hitters
At the time he was the president of cattle growers
Dr Noguerra, John Carr and Theodore Aranda
Who presented economic plans for Belize’s future

Belize’s relationship with Guatemala
Is like that of America and China
We have to change from a consumer paradigm
Create the engine and start to grind
Their presentations left impression in my mind
Belize is beholden due to its lack of production
Though it’s at an advantage with its abundance of land
But we’re not into production

Our neighbour a starving for relation
But Belize an refuse to supply their demand
In cattle, bean, sugar and banana production
Even when it comes to goods transportation
Look at the Commerce Bight Port situation
Opening the Commerce Bight Port was Theodore Aranda suggestion

Pointing out ever the past ten years we thrown away some $900,000,000
Dredging in Big Creek, Belize City and Port Loyola
Transporting products to the area
Fuel and time are money costing factors
Transporting sugar, oil and having to stop in Belmopan
Instead of a direct road from Belize City to Griga Dang
The country still lacks proper interconnection
So we throw away profits in transportation

Belize can easily become the next Singapore
As we did before
Interconnecting the shipment flow for our neighbour from next door
We are the ones that are keeping ourselves poor
By changing our tax system we’ll gain more
Our connectivity will ensure our GDP grows
Inter transportation must become faster for the poor
A train system for sure
National production will soar
If Belize is to ever up the score
Then we will demand respect from our neighbour next door

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