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U.S. Embassy Partners with The Government of Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit to Host Sensitization Sessions on Civil Asset Recovery and Unexplained Wealth Act

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Director Heath Bailey joined Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, Director of FIU Ms. Leni Ysaguirre McGann, and Mr. Alexander Ferguson from Gentium UK to offer remarks at the start of Belize’s Sensitization Session on Civil Asset Recovery and Unexplained Wealth Act at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza. The session is a weeklong workshop hosted by the Government of Belize and the U.S. Embassy’s INL Unit.

U.S. Grants Support Good Governance Initiatives in Belize

In a ceremony held September 26, 2023, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the recipients of five 2023 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI-ESF) grants. The 2023 recipients will partner with government agencies on projects that foster improved health services, enhance access to government services, and protect human rights. The total value of the grants is US$1 million.

State Department Program to Empower Women Entrepreneurs in Southside Belize City

The U.S. Embassy launched its inaugural Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, a global U.S. State Department initiative focused on empowering women entrepreneurs. Through mentorship, education, and access to resources, the eight-week program will equip women with the skills and knowledge to establish and expand successful businesses.

U.S. Embassy Joins Community Activists to Unveil Peace Mural in Southside Belize City

On April 27, 2023 U.S. Ambassador Michelle Kwan joined reformed formal rival gang members from four communities in Southside Belize City for the painting of a community mural, marking the successful close of a U.S. Embassy-funded program to support sustainable and equitable economic development in underserved communities.

USAID-Funded InfoSegura Project Supports Citizen Security in Belize through the Judiciary

Continuing U.S. government efforts to support improvements in Belize’s citizen security, U.S. Embassy Acting International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Coordinator Mary Walz and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Belize Deputy Resident Representative Ian King donated eight laptops to Chief Justice Louise Blenman and Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser.

U.S. Embassy Partners with NAMLC and University of Belize to Host Belize’s First Annual Anti-Money Laundering & Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)...

The National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Unit and the University of Belize, hosted Belize’s first annual Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Conference (AML/CFT). The two-day event began on Tuesdya, February 14, 2023 in Belize City with an opening ceremony that included remarks from Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Honorable Christopher Coye, U.S. Ambassador to Belize Michelle Kwan, Financial Intelligence Unit Director Kent Clare, and University of Belize President Dr. Vincent Palacio.

USAID-Funded InfoSegura Project Continues to Support Citizen Security in Belize

Continuing America’s efforts to support improvements in Belize’s citizen security, U.S. Embassy Acting Political and Economic Chief Sydney Skov and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Belize Deputy Resident Representative Ian King donated Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Hon. Kareem Musa on December 1, 2022.

United States Provides Another Donation of Emergency Hurricane Relief Assistance to Belize

The U.S. Embassy is working closely with the Government of Belize to provide critical humanitarian aid to Belizean communities devastated by Hurricane Lisa. On behalf of the American people, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones met with Chair of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Foreign Assistance Committee Ambassador Amalia Mai and NEMO Coordinator Retired Lieutenant Colonel Shelton Defour to deliver over US $97,000 in essential items to support local recovery and relief efforts.