And while he may still be getting his allowance, Minister Perez isn't getting any break from his constituents on San Pedro. With eight thousand voters, it's the third largest constituency in the country, and it's also been hardest hit by the major decline in tourism.
And that's why at 100 days, this area rep and Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation says he hasn't delivered on his promised 100 day, 10 point list. He pose to Jules Vasquez via zoom:
Belize Rural South Area Representative Hon. Andre Perez reflects on first 100 days in office
The Honourable Andre Perez, reflected on his first 100 days as minister of government, touching on challenges and some of his accomplishments outside of the initial plan of action (manifesto) planned for the first three months. Perez told The San Pedro Sun that his party expected to find a crippled national economy, but not to the degree they did once they sat behind the desk. He said it was unprecedented and took longer than expected for his government to get into action and adequately help the people.
The Area Representative said he wanted to do more and feels comfortable with the progress so far. One of the plans for BRS not mentioned in his manifesto was the Mar de Tumbo flu clinic improvement, which tends to COVID-19 patients. The clinic had been affected by rains causing the grounds to flood. “In the very first two weeks of my administration, we embarked on cleaning and filling it out and brought it back to a place suitable for working and continue testing,” said Perez. Perez said opening a call center on the island is another accomplishment that aims to generate around 200 jobs on Ambergris Caye. The minister stated that his next project deals with engaging Belize Water Services to provide potable water to areas where residents did not access it. Perez said that residents in the San Mateo, San Pedrito, and Eiley Subdivisions are being connected to this service.
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Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. John Briceño Weekly Message on 100 Days in Government 100 Days into office, PM Briceño gives a brief overview on the fight against COVID-19, UDP Fire-Sale of Government Vehicles & Assets, Continued Consultations on the National Budget and much more.
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Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation 100-Day Plan Progress Report
The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation is pleased to announce its achievements since November 2020.
The Ministry has successfully commenced the establishment of a Policy and Planning Unit to guide the process of developing the Ministry’s five-year strategic plan. Additionally, the Ministry will develop policies to facilitate the implementation of the strategic plan.
Another notable achievement includes the continued support of the fishing industry and fishermen cooperatives to manage their resources sustainably. This includes the management of marine resources for the socio-economic development of Belize and the creation of a development plan for the deep sea fishing industry in the Exclusive Economic Zone, among other plans.
All other achievements can be viewed in the attached progress report.
Hon. Andre Perez and the staff of the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation are prepared and motivated to move forward with its future goals.
It gives me great pleasure to share with you that our Ministry's Progress Report presented to the Prime Minister's Office demonstrates incredible accomplishments in a short-period of time. With the support of our staff at the Fisheries Department, Coastal Zone Management and Institute, Belize Department of Civil Aviation and the Belize Airport's Authority, we will without a doubt meet and surpass the goals set in our 100 day plan. Below we highlight some of our major accomplishments of our first 100 days.
1.) Establishment of the Ministerial Offices fully staffed, furnished and equipped with budget for 2020/21
2.) Commenced the establishment of a Policy and Planning Unit to guide the process of developing the Ministry's 5 year strategic plan for Blue Economy as well as for Civil Aviation as well as to develop policies which will facilitate the implementation of the plan.
3.) Continued support of the fishing industry and fisherman cooperatives to manage their resources in a safe and sustainable manner including visit to cooperatives and meetings with fisherfolks in Sarteneja, San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Lobster season extended in response to the call from cooperatives.
4.) Sustainable management and use of the Belize Reef System, coastal and marine resources for the socio-economic development of Belize. Exploring interests expressed for management of Corona Reef in recently declared expansion of Sapodilla Cayes Reserves; Acquisi tion of funds from PACT to address infrastructural needs of facilities and Marine Reserve Stations; Stony coral nurseries established in Bacalar Chico, Hol Chan and Caye Caulker Marine reserves
5.) Development plan for deep sea fishing industry in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Funds identified for training in deep slope fishing technology and data collection for finfish and 420 licensed fishers for finfish are actively involved in harvesting of finfish for domestic mark.
6.) Establishment of a new Board of Directors and a new business plan for the Belize Airports Authority.
7.) Newly reconstituted and empowered Airline Development Committee to enable and foster the development of new air routes and markets to Belize
8.) Improved facilitation services offered at the PGIA with the intent of making mentioned process more user friendly
9.) Re-constitution of a new Board of Directors for the Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA)
10.) Initiation of an external evaluation of the implementation progress of the Belize Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (2016) in order to address bottlenecks/challenges and identify specific recommendations/solutions to improve delivery in an updated version of the ICZM Plan
11.) Have started the updating Process of the Belize National Marine Habitat Map that will provide current, accurate information on the spatial coverage of natural assets in the coastal zone and the Blue Economy sector
12.) Protecting Belize's Coastal Ecosystems through the NDC Process given their role in climate regulation, mitigation and adaptation. This includes completion of national target setting and rationalization exercise.