Monday, July 15, 2024

Government

Belize hosts 12th Annual North American, Central American, and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation Meeting in Placencia

On Tuesday, July 9th, the Ministry of Civil Aviation showed appreciation to the Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation (NACC/DCA12) at a conference held in Placencia to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The meeting was convened to discuss practices to improve aviation security and facilitation. The conference brought together approximately one hundred individuals from across the Caribbean, including North and Central America, who convened in Belize for the first time to discuss the sustainable development of the aviation sector.

Statement on NEMO Preparedness for Hurricane Beryl and Reports of Price Gouging

The Office of the Prime Minister, through the National Emergency Management Organization and all other relevant entities, remains vigilant and prepared as regards Hurricane Beryl, a potential threat to Belize in the week ahead.

Belize Welcomes Delegation from Brazil on Knowledge Exchange to Combat Child Labour

The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government (MRTCDLG) is excited to announce the commencement of a historic in-person knowledge exchange mission with representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Social Development, and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency. Facilitated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Brazil and the Regional Initiative Technical Secretariat, this mission will run from June 24 to 28, 2024, in Belize.

Cabinet Grants Approval for Belize to Accede to Three International Conventions

On June 25, 2024, Cabinet granted approval for Belize to accede to three international Conventions: The 2015 Inter-American Convention on Older Persons, the 1996 Convention on Child Protection and the 2007 Convention on Child Support. By accepting these conventions, Belize enhances the protection of the two most vulnerable populations, children and the elderly, and also further demonstrates the Government's strong commitment to social protection, non-discrimination, equity and equality amongst all individuals.

Belize Maintains Tier 2 Status on US Trafficking in Persons Report

The Government of Belize is pleased to announce that the country has maintained its Tier 2 status on the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the year 2024. This status is a testament to Belize's ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and protect victims.

Belize Observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

As the world observes the 2024 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day), the National Drug Abuse Control Council, under the Ministry of Health and Wellness, underscores the critical importance of investing in prevention. This year’s theme, "The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention," calls for action rooted in science, research, and respect for human rights to achieve a Belize free of substance misuse.

2024 Public Service Day and Award Ceremony celebrated in San Pedro

Hosted in Ambergris Caye, the prestigious 2024 Public Service Day and Award Ceremony was a significant event that paid tribute to the dedicated public officers of Belize. The Grand Caribe West Room was the setting for this grand occasion on Friday, June 21st, which marked the culmination of a week-long series of activities in honor of Public Service Day. The Ministry of Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform, and Religious Affairs took the opportunity to honor 108 public officers who have selflessly served the Government of Belize for 25 years.

Belize Receives Contribution from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for Wildfire Recovery Efforts

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT), together with the National Emergency Management Organization, received a generous contribution of BZ$100,000 from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The funds will assist in the recovery efforts following the devastating wildfires that impacted western and southern Belize in May and June of this year. The contribution will enable the Government of Belize to pr

San Pedro community celebrates Public Service Day with week-long activities

On June 23rd, Belize will observe the United Nations-sanctioned International Public Service Day. There are a series of activities organized nationwide to celebrate the special day. In San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, the Public Service Day Planning Committee arranged various events, including a church service, health walk, and public service information day. Activities will conclude on Friday, June 21st, with the annual Belize Public Service Awards, held on the island for a second time.

U.S. Government Donates Essential Equipment to Support Belize Security Operations

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s Commitment to enhancing ѕесurіtу соореrаtіоn throughout the rеgіоn, the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) have provided the Government of Belize with capability enhancement which includes IT equipment, vehicle maintenance equipment, boat engines, and a bomb disposal suit. The support was given to the Belize Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JOIC), Belize Coast Guard, and Belize Defence Force.

Joint Cooperation Commission between the Governments of Belize and Panama Holds First Meeting

Her Excellency Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Her Excellency Yill Otero, Panama's Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, co-chaired the First Meeting of the Joint Cooperation Commission between the Government of the Republic of Panama and the Government of Belize, for the bilateral programme 2024-2026. The meeting was held at Padre Guardia Jaén Hall of the Bolívar Palace, Panama City, Panama.