And while we’re on the topic of the Free Zone, we can report today that a new Chief Executive Officer has taken up his duties. Best information is that the new CEO is Valentino Blanco who was previously employed at the Department of Environment. We don’t know how well Blanco’s professional qualifications fit the post as his selection took place without any public announcement. We do note however, that Blanco does have some political connections, as in this photo provided to us, Blanco is seen wearing a Dr. Angel Campos campaign shirt. Dr. Campos is the UDP area representative for the Corozal South West. But most importantly reports to us indicate that Blanco is Campos’ brother-in-law.
The post of CEO became vacant in October last year when then CEO Raul Rosado Sr. resigned suddenly.
We hope the new CEO will be open to greater transparency and accountability to the public.