Saturday, May 25, 2024

Chargé d'Affaires

U.S.-Belize Bilateral Security Meeting Tracks Advancement on Shared National Security Objectives

U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize met on July 20, 2022, to reaffirm the U.S.-Belize security partnership. Bi-annual bilateral meetings between the United States and Belize underscore our shared commitment to deepening cooperation to meet national and regional challenges, such as narcotrafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, and gang violence. In this engagement, both governments discussed shared priorities in the areas of citizen and border security, governance, and justice sector efficiency.

United States and Belize Explore Extension of Agreement to Protect Belize’s Cultural Heritage

As part of the renewal process for the Cultural Property Agreement between the United States and Belize on the preservation of Belize’s cultural patrimony, Dr. Andrew Zonderman, from the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center, concluded an eight-day visit to Belize to conduct research and hold consultations with government stakeholders.

U.S.-Donation to Increase Law Enforcement Presence in Remote Areas

With the assistance of the U.S. government, Belize will begin the process of establishing a forward operating base in the southwest to facilitate law enforcement anti-crime operations. On June 7, 2022, the U.S. Embassy donated two 40 ft. containers to the Government of Belize.

Tradewinds 2022 Builds Regional Security Partnerships in Belize

Tradewinds 2022, a two-week training involving 22 nations sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), ended on Friday, May 20, 2022 following a closing ceremony in Ladyville, Belize. More than 1,800 people participated in the exercise with 644 from the United States and 1,158 from Belize and other partner nations. This marks the first time that two partner nations - Belize and Mexico – cohosted the annual Tradewinds exercise alongside the United States.

U.S. Embassy Marks National Police Week with Jungle Run

To commemorate National Police Week, the U.S. Embassy organized a 5k run/2k walk in Belmopan. The event, organized by the U.S. Embassy’s Regional Security Office, is part of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Bureau’s annual, week-long initiative to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement colleagues while recognizing the important work and commitment of officers in keeping communities safe around the world.

U.S. Embassy Hosts Belizean Winners of the Black History Month Poetry Competition

U.S. Embassy Belmopan hosted the winners of the Embassy’s first-ever Black History Month Poetry Contest.  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones recognized the three Belizean high school student winners during a special ceremony highlighting their inspiring works.  Their visit included a tour of the U.S. Embassy where their framed poems have been on prominent display over the past month.

Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Visits Belize to Discuss U.S. Grant Program

A delegation from the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Chief Executive Officer Alice Albright departed Belize on March 17th after a productive visit to introduce the agency’s development grant program – an MCC compact.

U.S. Embassies Belmopan and Port of Spain Partner on Youth Media Literacy Program

In a virtual ceremony held on Wednesday, March 9th, the U.S. Embassies in Belize and Trinidad and Tobago jointly launched an innovative program called “Fact Check: Critical Thinking Journalism for Youths,” which provides media literacy training for budding writers.