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Belizeans press for land reform
Published on February 26, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

BELMOPAN, Belize -- The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association [BGYEA] and its social partners will be holding a national land reform rally on Tuesday at the steps of the National Assembly in Belmopan.

The purpose of the rally is to highlight the need for increased transparency, efficiency and accountability in the management and distribution of national lands as well as to secure a commitment by the prime minister of Belize and the minister responsible for the distribution of land for their support for, as well as direct participation in a series of public consultations through which a national land reform policy can be developed and implemented.

Among the reform objectives are the implementation of measures (1) to address the various forms of corruption that are said to have been allowed to thrive across successive governments; and (2) to promote poverty alleviation through first time land ownership drives and the implementation of incentives for small scale agricultural development.

Various traditional and nontraditional options for civic participation are being made available to those who wish to support the initiative.
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Paco Smith:

This is a timely and much-needed effort. Unfair land distribution practises, among other governance-related shortcomings is a blight to our promising nation.

I applaud the effort of the organisers.


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