Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner and Mayor of Belmopan Khalid Belisle are presently in attendance at the Local Government Forum Conference being held in Trinidad & Tobago. The theme of the conference is: Strengthening local government’s role as partner in development. Mayor Wagner also met with Minister of Local Government, Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Hon. Haji Kazim Hosein.
In an effort to collect feedback from the downtown business community with regard to the last Super Sale event of September, a meeting was held by Councillor Allan Pollard (Portfolio of Events/Public Relations/Traffic) and the Local Economic Development Unit to discuss the upcoming Super Sale on December 1st and plan a way forward.
Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillors Javier Castellanos & Allan Pollard attended the University of Belize’s Marketing Expo. The Mayor and Councillors were thoroughly engaged and very impressed by the innovative ideas of the students.
Councillor Javier Castellanos and the Local Economic Development Unit of the Belize City Council collaborated with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) for a ‘Women Leadership & Empowerment Session’ held today at the City Hall.
Each presenter from Ms. Margaret Mckenzie (Legal Affairs & Court Director for the Belize City Council) to Crystal Samos (Entrepreneur Lush Spa & Beauty/Carpe Diem) shared powerful stories of failure and successes on their way to realizing their dreams while inspiring the women of our audience. We hope to have this be the first of many motivational & inciteful events for our present and future entrepreneurs.
Belize City Council had the esteemed pleasure of greeting the queens who have earned their crowns in their respective districts as well as the current Queen of the Bay 2017-2018 Aaliyah Amber Ysaguirre. Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillor Allan Pollard were honored to host and dine with these very informed young women. Through dialogue we learned of concerns they had hoped to shed more light on through their platform such as the current claim from Guatemala on Belizean territory. These young women had thoughts, ideas and opinions and were very engaging. We certainly wish each queen vying for the title all the best and may the best delegate win.
This morning Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner received a cheque from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The cheque was delivered by First Secretary David Cheng-Wei Wu on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Charles K.Y. Liu. This donation was made to assist the Traffic Department in obtaining some traffic lights for the city.
His worship Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner is in London UK for Jalsa Salana 2018 organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Jalsa Salana is an annual peace gathering founded in India in 1926 by Indian religious leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The convention’s purpose is to enable individuals to personally experience religious benefits, enhanced knowledge and blessings. The Mayor was invited and accompanied by Amadiyya Muslim Jama’at Belize Imam Naveed Mangla. In his speech to the organization, the Mayor mentioned the positive impact Ahamdiyya Muslim Jama’at is having in our communities and youths in particular. The Mayor expressed his thanks and appreciation to be chosen to represent the residents of Belize City at this year’s convention.
This afternoon, Mayor Bernard Wagner and Councilors met with Mr. Andres Azaola, the General Manager of the Tourist Village on Fort Street. Mr Azaola spoke of the improvements that have taken place since taking over in 2015 including amping up security inside the Village that have skyrocketed international ratings. He also spoke of improving business for the licensed tour operators outside of the Village and is willing to collaborate with the Council to improve the experience and security of the tourists venturing outside the village exploring city streets. He also indicated he is excited to partner with us on future upcoming ventures.
It is with great pleasure that the Belize City Council introduces Mrs. Stephanie Lindo Garbutt as its new City Administrator. Mrs. Lindo Garbutt comes to City Hall with a proven track record as a top performer in complex business environments in both the private and public-sector management. Her applied work experience in sustainable project management and her established achievements in strategy and change management are key assets in supporting the Belize City Council in carrying out its three-year mandate while establishing a solid foundation for its continued success. In addition, Mrs. Lindo Garbutt work experience align succinctly with the Council’s manifesto promises and their operational function under the Council’s legal mandate. The Belize City council is confident that Mrs. Lindo Garbutt will create an enabling environment for effective communications, teamwork and cross functional development. The Council looks forward to working closely with Mrs. Lindo Garbutt. Welcome to City Hall!
Belize City Councilor Dr. Candice Pitts also responsible for Sister City Relationships had a meaningful meeting with Ugochukwu Nwaokoro, as Deputy Mayor for the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark City Council. Notably, Nwaokoro is a Nigerian and the first African-born appointed Deputy Mayor in the USA. Councillor Dr. Pitts also worked with the Mayor’s father, the late great Amiri Baraka, in the past in an academic setting. So, it would be great now for Councllor Dr. Pitts to work with the son, the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka to cultivate relations between the two cities they serve.