A WikiLeaks cable shows that even when getting donations, GOB finds ways to generate income.
|06BELIZE968||2006-11-01 13:32||UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY||Embassy Belmopan|
VZCZCXRO6536 RR RUEHGR DE RUEHBE #0968 3051332 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 011332Z NOV 06 CCY ZDK FM AMEMBASSY BELIZE TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0661 INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA
UNCLAS BELIZE 000968 SIPDIS C O R R E C T E D C O P Y //REMOVED ALL NOFORN CAPTIONS// SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR WHA/CEN (MACK) E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV PREL BH SUBJECT: HOW MANY BELIZEANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCREW IN A LIGHTBULB? This cable is SBU. Please protect accordingly. ¶1. (SBU) In an effort to fulfill its 2003 election campaign promise to lower Belizeans' electricity bills, Prime Minister Said Musa announced plans to replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent ones in every home in the country. The Cuban government donated 300,000 fluorescent light bulbs to launch the Energy Saving Project in Belize. During a televised interview, GoB officials stated that they received "enough bulbs for the entire country" and that the joint project was indicative of the Qvery mutually beneficial relationshipQ between Belize and Cuba. ¶2. (U) The bulbs, manufactured by Phillips, would cost roughly BZ $4.5 million (US $2.25 million) if purchased at retail. PM Musa touted the efficiency of the bulbs, noting that they consume less electricity, produce less heat, and last five to six times longer than a regular incandescent bulb. ¶3. (SBU) Comment. Based on recent press coverage of the Energy Saving Project, in Belize, light bulb installation requires between 5 and 8 people; including a Cuban social worker and a soldier from the Belize Defence Force. On October 25, the project's launch date, PM Musa, Minister of Defence Cordel Hyde, and Cuban Ambassador to Belize Eugenio Martinez installed a few bulbs, too. The political opposition paper headlined its press coverage: "Take Their Light Bulbs But Not Their Screwing!" End comment. DIETER