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A New Belize
By: Abdulmajeed K Nunez
A pleasant good night to all officials, staff, parents,
specially invited guests and most importantly, graduates. Let me
A pleasant good night to all officials, staff, parents, specially invited guests and most importantly, graduates. Let me define three terms before I begin Politics- which is the managing of a countries resources, Political parties PUP, UDP BPP are all tools, the senate etc. Culture- is the passing ancestral wisdom from one generation to the next. Economics -the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.
Welcome to a new Belize (the Kuwait of the Americas) According to Hector Silva The Chiquibul Rain Forest, 2nd largest after the Amazon in Brazil - The Mountain Pine Ridge, the largest Pine Tree concentration. - The Source of the majority of Belize's Rivers. - An enormous underground deposit of fresh water in the belly of the Maya Mountains. (This can become an export earner.) The largest Cave in the whole of American Continent CEBEDA. The highest Water falls in Central America, 1,600 feet high. Large deposits of Gold, Quarts, Granite and other minerals.
Large deposits of Lime Stones and Gypsum for the manufacturing of cement. Natures best and biggest kept secret.
A Belize of equal opportunities where every Jack man and his brother can come and become a millionaire, Asians can take over the Senate and create an Asian town in every district while everyone else is concern about optics. Where the Haitians can come and introduce a new Dollar Van Association, where the Mennonites control the means of production by functioning as a corporation. Where 160,000 Guatemalans work some without documentation and have access to all the resources of this nation.
See, someone told us we have an entitlement and that we wont have to work hard when the reality is survival of the fittest.
This is a new Belize, a Belize of equal opportunities. Where the Black males are an endangered species while everybody like Gully Bap seh, is trying to get piece of Belize. Everyone knows what our assets are, except the locals living in Belize. The truth is, they have mapped out the oil wells, the Marble, Uranium the gold, the diamond and all the precious minerals and deh no want give we none.
We have lost our sense of identity and have allowed everyone to come and define us. We want to be like Americans and Jamaicans, weve lost our identity as Belizeans. Imagine we no want be Belizeans and everyone want to be Belizeans hence the reason we have an immigration scandal. I wont blame the politicians its us that are not engaging them. Our lack of participation has created a void that has led to corruption. We have allowed the isolating of our Diaspora with the 7th amendment many of our fathers is absent.
This is the decade of African descendent, the UN had declared The International Decade for People of African Descent, 20152024, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in a Resolution (68/237) adopted on 23 December 2013. The theme of the International Decade is "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development". Yet none of you have heard or anything from you government. I encourage you to explore and join the Central American Black Organization that has organized 7 nations and counting of Afro Descendants into a block and are preparing to do business empowering their peoples.
The trick is our success is at our finger tips. Our poverty is because of the opportunities we are missing. Poverty is people over looking opportunity. The reality is we as a people are financial dunce, and family dunce. We are financially illiterate and the price we have had to pay is great, the priciest of them all is our human resources. I am not only talking about the millions in litigation or the Petro Caribe role it. There are lots of opportunities other there and we have to go and take it. The internet has made the world a global village creating a playing field of equal opportunities.
Define your power: the formula for Power is Power = Unity and Land use and acquisition. The Mennonite vote as a block, the Chinese vote as a block and all the other immigrant groups is Belize does too.
1. We have to learn financial literacy, find what we love and turn it in to wealth (not Money) even with skills and property we are wealthy
2. We need to know that we are not a minority, but a majority 140 million Afro descendents in the region. We need to network with our afro descendant family.
3. All Belizeans must learn Spanish and one other language, your survival depends on it.
4. Focus on four areas and formulate your business plan, get communal land like the Mayans and form corporations like the Mennonites.
a. Culture as a business
b. Agriculture and land production
c. Community Based Tourism
d. Education and skill building
5. We need to foster more people to people relations, lobby for the opening of the Commerce Bight Port, so Belize can become the Singapore of Latin America
Graduates, the future of Belize lies in your hands as you are the future leaders of our country, you are the future teachers, scientists, geologists, and whatever profession you desire. This graduation is the stepping stone of your achievements. Therefore, be the light for the younger generations, be citizens of change and embrace the future with hope, dignity and positivity.