Stop the doom and gloom, grow the Economy: UDP

The current opposition party of Belize, UDP - United Democratic Party, asked the government to stop the doom and gloom and work to grow the Economy.

Belize: The current opposition party of Belize, UDP – United Democratic Party, asked the government to stop the doom and gloom and work to grow the Economy.

UDP pointed out that the prime minister of Belize island- John Briceno, and his party – PUP, in their plan Belize manifesto promised to stimulate the Economy. PUP also pledged to create more than 50,000 jobs, to bring back at least 20,000 jobs in the tourism sector, to generate 20,000 new jobs in the services and technology sector.

PUP also assured to generate more than 30,000 jobs in the Agriculture Sector, support micro, small and medium enterprise to create 5,000 new jobs and bring back hundreds of high paying jobs in the offshore sector.

UDP further stated, “Instead of economic growth and expanding opportunities, the Briceno government has delivered salary cuts, a tax increase on fuel and other commodities, and slashing of social assistance and poverty alleviation programs.”

UDP further questioned the government and asked, “Where is the plan of the government to stimulate the economy and fulfil their promise?”

A few days back, UDP highlighted the contradictory statements of the PM Briceno and stated, “Johnny Briceno in the year 2016 stated, “We find it very inconsiderate and disturbing that any government would even consider withholding the salaries of our hardworking teachers. Such action reflects a government that is callous and coldhearted.”

Statement of PM John Briceno in 2021 stated, “Any public officer continuing to strike beyond May 14 will not be paid any salary for any period on strike thereafter.”

UDP is one of the two main political parties in Belize island and currently is the main opposition party, having lost the 2020 Belizean general election, after earlier holding the government across three prior terms. Founded as a centre-right conservative party, the – UDP is led by the former minister of education, Hon. Patrick Faber.