Monday, November 22, 2010


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Belmopan, 22 November, 2010:

The new Michael Finnegan Market named in honor of Hon. Michael Finnegan, Minister of Housing and Urban Development and Area Representative for the Mesopotamia Division, for his outstanding community service contribution to Belize, was officially inaugurated today, Nov. 22nd during a ceremony at the project site in Belize City.

The Michael Finnegan Market will directly benefit over 70 vendors who use the facility on a daily basis, including vendors who come from different parts of the country to sell their produce. However, the project will benefit all Belize City residents since they will be able to buy their vegetables in a beautified and healthier environment.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed through a combination of a loan and grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at a total cost of $1.3 Million dollars. Of this amount, the Government of Belize provided $270,000.00 in counterpart funding and residents of Belize City contributed the labor.

The project included the construction of 42 stalls. This included the replacement of the current makeshift stalls with two 10 ft by 10 ft stalls, 4 refurbished 10 ft by 10 ft stalls and the construction of 36 20 ft by 10 ft stalls. The existing bathrooms were renovated and extended. The extension will particularly accommodate the wholesalers who travel from outside of Belize City to the market. Better drainage and a proper garbage disposal system was put in place; the entire market compound was leveled and pavers were installed.
Hon. Michael Minnegan
At the official inauguration ceremony, a congratulatory message for Hon. Michael Finnegan was delivered by Mr Dean Lindo S.C. and member of the Integrity Commission. The welcome address was delivered by Her Worship Mayor of Belize City, Mrs Zenaida Moya-Flowers and the keynote address was delivered by the Hon. Michael Finnegan, Minister of Housing and Urban Development. An address was also be delivered by Mr. Daniel Cano, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund, among other speakers. The new market was blessed by Bishop Dorrick Wright and a presentation was made by St Ignatius Primary School.
Her Worship Mayor of Belize City, Mrs Zenaida Moya-Flowers 
Mr. Dean Lindo S.C. Member of the Integrity Commission
Cutting of Symbolic Ribbon
Bishop Dorrick Wright (L) 2nd
Audience at the Ceremony
Miss St Ignatius RC School and group making presentation
Cultural presentation by student of St Ignatius School
The Social Investment Fund is the Government of Belize’s main implementing agency of projects aimed at addressing the basic needs of all Belizeans in an honest and transparent manner utilizing a community-based approach.

Established as a statutory body in l996, SIF has implemented 498 projects countrywide valued at $68.2 M dollars in the areas of Water & Sanitation, Health, Economic Infrastructure, Education, Social Services, Organizational Strengthening and Micro-credit. Since 2008 alone, SIF has implemented 102 projects worth $21.4 Million dollars benefitting over 57,000 Belizeans countrywide. The Michael Finnegan Market Project is the largest single project implemented by S.I.F. so far.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public
Relations, Social Investment Fund, Tel: 822-0239, Cell. No. 602-6491 or via email at Press Release No. 33 - 2010

Photos by Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P.


mensajes claro gratis said...

The Cultural presentation by student of St Ignatius looks so good.

Linda Crawford said...

Mensajes, thanks very much. This is a dance from the Garifuna culture of Southern Belize.

You can read more about the Garinagu culture in my article from a few days ago....Nov 18th to be exact.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting, much appreciated!

Olive Leslie said...

What a lovely market, I'm just a block away and didn't know that the market was completed thanks Linda.

Keep up the great job you are doing!!

Anonymous said...

This is good and much needed for the Queen Square Market's only flaw is that it's perfectly good name had to be changed to satisfy another transient politician's ego_ how petty. I hope the name is reverted, in the future.

sandy a. said...

that looks like a great new market!