How many Belizeans does it take to screw in a lightbulb


A WikiLeaks cable shows that even when getting donations, GOB finds ways to generate income.

Reference IDCreatedClassificationOrigin
06BELIZE9682006-11-01 13:32UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLYEmbassy 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.

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