Sunday, July 21, 2024

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Belize continues to seek a Schengen Visa waiver

The Government of Belize has been advocating for Belizeans to be able to travel to the European Union (EU) without the need to apply for a Schengen Visa. The discussions continue as the matter has become a priority for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Belizeans needing to travel to the EU are required to conduct their visa process in Mexico City, Mexico, as there are no European embassies in Belize.

MFAFT Welcomes US Visit on Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation

H.E. Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, welcomed Ambassador Jessye Lapenn, Senior Coordinator for the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation (PAC), during a notable visit to Belize organised by the Embassy of the United States. Ambassador Lapenn delved into discussions concerning the commitments delineated in the PAC Declaration, to which Belize became a signatory on January 30.

Government of Belize – United Nations Joint National Steering Committee Meeting

The Government of Belize and the United Nations held the Third Joint National Steering Committee Meeting for the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNMSDCF) 2022-2026, co-chaired by H.E. Amalia Mai, CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Mr. Raul Salazar, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Belize.

Belize congratulates El Salvador on peaceful election

Through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Government of Belize officially congratulated the people of El Salvador for the peaceful process of their recent presidential elections. The elections held on February 4th saw millions of Salvadorans voting in and from outside of El Salvador, including in Belize, where residents with connections with that country also voted.

Belize explores an integrated approach to improve financing for sustainable development

Over 40 personnel from the public and private sectors as well as development agencies came together for a three-day technical workshop to improve development financing and planning towards accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate objectives. This is being considered through the implementation of the Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) approach in Belize based on national priorities and experience from other countries. The workshop was convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRCO) with technical leadership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment and Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.

Belize Receives Donation of Building Supplies for Hurricane Lisa Relief from Panama

On January 19, 2023, Belize received a donation of zinc from the Embassy of the Republic of Panama that will be used in the rebuilding efforts to assist persons impacted by Hurricane Lisa.

Belize Receives Donation of Hurricane Relief Funds and Vehicles from the Republic of Korea

Ambassador Amalia Mai, CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, received, on behalf of the Government of Belize, humanitarian assistance from the people and Government of the Republic of Korea. The donation of US$100,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) was handed over by H.E. Sung-min Jang, Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination and Planning, Office of the President.

Belize and El Salvador Host Second Binational Commission Meeting

On December 2, 2022, the governments of Belize and the Republic of El Salvador held the Second Binational Commission Meeting at the vice-ministerial level, with the purpose of strengthening the political, economic and cooperation relations between both countries.