Regional Cultures, Managerial Behavior, and Entrepreneurship: An International Perspective

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ernment officials from different regions. Not only did the city not have theaters, cinemas, and other recreational facilities, but some of the essential services such as business-class hotels and good hospitals were lacking as well. Belize City has remained the cultural, economic, and business center of Belize. All foreign legations and embassies are in Belize City, not in Belmopan. Ambassadors and other diplomatic personnel definitely prefer Belize City with its busy and full life to Belmopan in the middle of the jungle. In Brazil, however, in accordance with a government decree, all foreign embassies were to begin operations in Brasilia in September 1972.


Transportation

Transportation to and from the new capital is also a success factor in Brasilia. Highways and air routes link Brasilia with the rest of Brazil, and regular national and international air service is available. In contrast, Belmopan is not served by good roads. It took three hours to cover the 50-mile distance between Belize City and Belmopan when the author was in Belize in 1976. There is no air transportation to the capital, and anything that is manufactured in Belmopan will have to be finally brought back to Belize City for distribution or export, so why move the manufacturing facilities to Belmopan? Most of the industry, especially export products, are located near the country's airport which is close to Belize City. Hence, the possibility of commuting between Belize City and Belmopan is nil. If any laborer wishes to live in one and work in the other, he will have to stay overnight in Belmopan during weekdays and go home on the weekend. The labor workforce generally shuns such an arrangement because for Belizeans there are implications that whenever a group of men live together they may be homosexuals.


CONCLUSION

Belize is a unique country with identifiable regional cultural identities where ethnoracial groups (referred to as "race" in Belize) play an important role in the development of regional cultural distinctiveness through the strong predominance of high-density culture hearths. In the context of such regional cultural boundaries, the government of Belize decided to move its capital 50 miles inland from Belize City to Belmopan in 1970 and thereby cross the rigid regional cultural boundary between Belize District and Cayo District. Moving a nation's capital is one of the most daring entrepreneurial ventures for any a country. The differential regional cultural characteristics between Belize City and Belmopan are so great that even this government-backed enterprise

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