Belize PM Heads to Washington


Above: Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has left for Washington, DC for a series of high-level talks with multilateral institutions, his office said in a statement.

Barrow, who departed Thursday, is leading a Belizean delegation for discussions with executive officials at the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

His United Democratic Party government won another term in the country’s March 7 general election.

It’s likely that the country’s recent partial coupon payment will be a major talking point. The payment, which was had been due Aug. 20, is part of a $547 million “superbond” maturing in 2029.

Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will be acting as Belize’s Prime Minister during Barrow’s absence.

The Prime Minister will return to Belize Oct. 2.