-For Immediate Release-
On April 25, 2013, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s held its 93rd Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM took place at the Chamber’s Mcfield Conference Center which is located… read more »
BCCI Calls on the Government to Withdraw the 9th Amendment Bill
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
If enacted, the proposed Ninth Amendment to Belize’s Constitution creates a very dangerous situation, which is not contemplated by our Constitution.It allows the Legislature to have absolute power to amend the Constitution as long as it has the requisite two-thirds to three-fourths majority and follows the other procedural requirements under Section 69 to enable the amendment.In effect, we move from a Constitutional Supremacy where the laws passed by the Legislature must conform to the Constitution, to Parliamentary Supremacy where the Parliament is supreme and can pass any law without reference to our Constitution.The potential for abuse is real.If the Legislature has absolute powers it can take away any fundamental right or freedom from Belizeans by further amending the Constitution, and we will have no recourse to challenge the substance of the amendments.
In other words, with the passage of the Ninth Amendment we risk losing the basic rights and freedoms we as Belizeans consider the very essence of our democracy.We would be placing ultimate control of our democracy in the hands of our elected representatives, without any check on their powers. As with the recently withheld proposed Eighth Amendment (Preventative Detention), we note that this current administration had proposed drastic changes to our personal liberties. With the Ninth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment can be reintroduced, and we would be unable to challenge its substance in the courts.
In our democracy all persons are equal before the law, and all persons are afforded equal rights to challenge any law passed by the Legislature.While the Chamber recognizes the right of the Government to nationalize property, every person whose property has been acquired should have a right to access the Court to challenge that acquisition.If the Constitution is to be amended to deny that right to certain persons, it creates inequality in our law, undermines our democracy and sets new precedence to which we can all become victims.
Further, the Chamber objects to the proposal that investment of Social Security funds, the people’s money, should now be considered Government shares in public utility companies. Government control and interference have been shown to be detrimental to the Fund, which is why the Chamber and other social partners fought in 2005 to take the Social Security fund out of political control. The Ninth Amendment seeks to reverse the people's will as expressed at that time and to deem the Social Security Board’s (SSB) shares in our public utilities as a part of the Government’s shareholding, with the requirement that if the SSB is to sell its shares, it must first offer the shares to Government.Aside from infringing on the SSB’s freedom to deal with its property, this gives rise to possible conflict of interest and abuse.
If the entrenchment of ownership of public utilities is all the Ninth Amendment sought to achieve, the Chamber would not be so concerned.However, when the Government goes beyond entrenchment and seeks to interfere with our fundamental rights as Belizeans, rights which if lost may never be regained, this cannot be taken lightly.
The Chamber calls on the Government to withdraw the Ninth Amendment and renews its call for the Government to desist from taking any actions that offend the principle of separation of powers and our democratic institutions enshrined and entrenched in our Constitution.
Ground-breaking, Pioneering, Simply Ingenious! are just some of the adjectives one can use to describe the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry's latest initiative - a web portal that was designed to support, strengthen, and facilitate the development of micro, small, and medium enterprise in Belize. View Products »
A project of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, the SME Toolkit Caribbean offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, and information technology (IT). Read More »
The Trade and Investment Zone is a brand new service available to BCCI's members as well as the general public to access information about Belize. The information ranges from an analysis of key sector performance in Belize's economy, the nation's foreign trade policy as well as first-hand data on Belize's investment regime. As a conduit for information, this is an exceptional tool that entrepreneurs, potential investors and academics will find appealing! Learn More »
News & Notices
The Golden Rules of Public Relations
Monday, May 20, 2013
Do I have an interest in what's going on around me? Do I have good communication skills? Can I cope well under pressure? These are just a few questions you can ask yourself that can help you determine y our Public Relations skills. The Belize Chamber… read more »
Mentoring & Coaching for Supervisors Workshop
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites you to apply for a workshop entitled,"Mentoring and Coaching for Supervisors". The workshop will take place at the BCCI's McField Conference Centre on May 28, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Mrs. Jane Bennett.
The… read more »
Superior Customer Service Workshop
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Belize Open Campus is offering a one day course entitled, "Superior Customer Service". Superior Customer Service Workshop is catered to enhance each participant level of professionalism and skills which will help… read more »
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hosts Its 93rd Annual General Meeting
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its 93rd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the McField Conference Center located in Belize City.
The meeting began with the warm welcome from Mr. Allen Reimer, our Vice President Industry and then… read more »
The New Supervisor Workshop
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has placed together a series of workshops in a vision to Capacitate its members. Coming up on April 23, 2013, is an excellent workshop entitled,"The New Supervisor Workshop"
The will be facilitated by renown Mr. Paul C Lecky, who is… read more »
BCCI Focal Points
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Corozal
Amrapurs #4 Progress Street
Corozal Town Tel: +501-420-0477
Corozal Town Tel: +501-422-3473
Doony's Instant Loan 8 Park St.
Corozal Town Tel: +501-422-3342
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Orange Walk
Amrapurs Belize/Corozal Road
Orange Walk Town Tel: +501-322-2941
Amrapurs Too Belize/Corozal Road
Orange Walk Town Tel: +501-301-0753
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Belize
88 Shopping Center Central American Blvd.,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-1818
Atlantic Bank Belize International Airport,
Ladyville Tel: +501-225-3331
Atlantic Bank Albert Street,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-1225
Atlantic Bank Freetown Road,
Belize City Tel: +501-223-4123
Atlantic Bank ESSO Gas Station Outlet
Ladyville Tel: +501-225-3115
BCCI #4792 Coney Drive,
Belize City Tel: +501-223-5080
Beauty Plaza Church St.,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-1624
Unicomer Northern Highway,
Belize City Tel: +501-223-3482
Doonys Albert St.,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-5209
JEC Mangrove St.,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-7296
Low's Supermarket 8.5 Miles Northern Highway,
Belize City Tel: +501-225-3571
St. John's Credit Union 4Basra Street,
Belize City Tel: +501-227-7659
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Cayo
Allen's Hardware Western Highway,
Santa Elena Tel: +501-824-2060
Atlantic Bank Belmopan Tel: +501-822-0693
San Ignacio Tel: +501-824-2347
Computer Ranch Center Rd., Spanish Lookout, Cayo Santa Elena Tel: +501-823-0373
Celina's Super Store Burns Ave.,
San Ignacio Tel: +501-824-2247
Westar Truck Stop Mile 49, Western Highway, Roaring Creek,
Cayo Tel: +501-822-3794
Papi's Home Center #1902 Constitution Dr.,
Belmopan Tel: +501-822-0958
St. John's Credit Union
14 Sinsonte Street, Belmopan Tel: +501-822-3257
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Stann Creek
Placencia Tel: +501-523-3431
St. John's Credit Union 9 Bluefield Road, Dangriga Tel: +501-226-3363
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Town Tel: +501-226-2195
Paz Villas Pescador Drive,
San Pedro Town Tel: +501-226-2196
Wings Coconut Drive,
San Pedro Town Tel: +501-226-3363
Ambergris Lake Villas
Boca Del Rio, San Pedro Town Tel: +501-226-3363
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Toledo
#208 King St.,
Punta Gorda Tel: +501-722-2874
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Western Union Agents in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Town Tel: +501-226-0207
Caye Caulker Town Tel: +501-226-0555
McField Conference Centre
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The McField Conference Centre is the key to solving your venue dilemma, offering state of the art conference equipment, access to a Business Services Center and three different room sizes with a variety of seating styles to suit your training and business needs. read more
Business Outlook 2013
The year 2012 marked a trying one for the Business Community, as they experienced various economic, political, and social issues. One of those especially noteworthy challenges was the abrupt Trade License increase which came upon us at the end of the year. Moving into 2013, the BCCI persists in advocating for the review of the trade license increase and at the same time the Business community continues to be affected by the prevalence of crime, stiffening business and the holistic development of the country. The BCCI hears the cries of the Business Community and plans to come stronger this year.
On January 18, 2013, Mrs. Kim Aikman, CEO of the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry along with Mrs. Claudette El Ters, Treasure of the BCCI Executive Council were on Open Your Eyes Morning Show and discuss the Business Outlook for 2013.
Find a copy of the show below:
Business Connex Networking
Your Chamber is constantly looking for ways to add value to you. In response to numerous demands, the Chamber has developed a new service that will enable you to launch a new product or market an existing product or service. Click here for more information.
BCCI, Western Union Agent
In an effort to better meet the needs of customers, the Chamber has complimented the traditional money transfer service that we offer to include Direct-to-Bank services, SMART Top-Up/Bill Pay, and BTL top-up to increase customer conveniences. Click this link - New Services to get more details.