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Belize and Venezuela
Published on March 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Belize and Venezuela

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Belize and Venezuela became engaged in 1978
When the country got its first Venezuelan consulate
Perhaps it was faith that their relations had to wait
Belizeans had already set independence on their plate
Venezuela was one of the countries that mediated
For Belize at the United Nations for us to become an independent nation
They were given two lots in Belmopan
For a residence and their Embassy’s construction
The first is located between the Mexican Embassy and the British High Commission
The other is near the Embajada Americana

They started international relations in 1989
The only Venezuelan president to visit
Was Carlos Sanchez Perez
For six hours, because he and George Price were friends
They signed many agreements but never ratified
Until Chavez took power in 1999
He made an addition to his constitution
To consolidate the struggles of the Latin American and the Caribbean

Chavez started enhancing embassies in Caribbean
And devise several schemes for integration
Belize got its first Venezuelan ambassador in 2007
He came with a new vision and reconstructed the organization
Prior to him there was just a head of mission
It was basically a one man operation
He formed political, social and communications arm
Part of the operation was the consular’s section for Venezuelans
They worked closely with the Cubans
Who had 122 doctors throughout the length and breadth of the nation

If the Madura government is toppled
Jugo Chavez’s entire program will be crippled
ALBA, PetroCaribe, Mission Miracle and all the other social programs
The Venezuela government under Chavez has highly regarded
In their relations around the world
Venezuela having the sixth largest
Oil deposit in the world
It is a call for disquiet
Our current government and the way they have been doing trade
With Venezuela, the funding and the programs has created much impact
To the country of Belize but it could create more impact
If the government would put a more friendly mechanism
That those resources could trickle down
To what Chavez described as the poorest of the poor
Belize City would no longer be an eyesore

Venezuela has made numerous
Donations to this nation
Including the controversial twenty million
From the Belmopan hospital renovation
To the Marion Jones stadium
But it’s just till now they are being given their due recognition
Including their many Miracle missions
Their 4,000 barrels of oil a day for poverty elevation
From 2005 up until 2009
So with the oil we have we could reduced the IMF’s inflation
And be well on our way to becoming an independent nation
In one year the government could have raised three hundred million

Over 75,000 packs of fertilizer
Were brought into to distribute to the small farmers
Let’s ask the people in the Ministry of Agriculture
If in truth they sold them behind doors to the Mennonites
And the cane farmers up north
The country has not heard anything of the sort
This has been withheld from the country’s report
Notwithstanding the Toledo small farmers
Are still waiting for their quotas
 
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