Sunday, June 23, 2024

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Belize and the United Kingdom sign MOU on the Ocean Country Partnership Programme

The Governments of Belize and the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Ocean Country Partnership Programme at a ceremony held at the British High Commissioner’s Residence on March 29.

Ms. Nicole Davison is Belize’s new British High Commissioner

Belize has a new British High Commissioner, who recently took over from past Commissioner Claire Evans OBE after retiring from the diplomatic service. The new head of the British High Commission in Belize is Nicole Davison, a veteran in the diplomatic field.

Official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee begin; activities to take place in Belmopan

On Thursday, June 2nd, the United Kingdom (UK) and the Commonwealth nations observed a once-in-a-generation celebration as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked her 70th year on the throne. The 96-year-old British monarch is the first to reach a Platinum Jubilee as head of the UK and the Commonwealth. The celebration will also be observed in Belize, part of the Commonwealth, with the lighting of ‘The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons’ in the capital city of Belmopan at the Governor General’s field on Thursday evening.

Government wants to attract Mexican and European airlines to Belize

Following the inaugural flight of Alaska Airlines to Belize on Friday, November 19th, the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations is looking towards Mexico and the United Kingdom (UK) to attract additional air carriers to the country.

Belize to Benefit from UK’s Blue Planet Fund through the Ocean Country Partnership Programme

On 13 August 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) announced £16.2m funding from the UK’s £500 million Blue Planet Fund (BPF) would go to new five programmes to tackle climate change, restore ocean health and reduce poverty in developing countries globally (see attached Blue Planet Fund Defra release). One of these programmes is the Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP)

Vaccines from the UK arrive in Belize

On Tuesday evening, August 3rd, 42,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom (UK) arrived in Belize. The vaccines will be used to continue helping the country’s effort to fight the COVID-19 virus.

The UK donates 42,000 COVID-19 Vaccines to Belize

Belize is set to receive 42,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. This shipment of vaccines for the Jewel is a donation from the Government and people of the United Kingdom (UK). This donation is part of the broader pledge by the UK to donate 100 million doses to developing countries. The vaccines are expected to be delivered by the end of the week.

International Health Authorities Deem Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Safe

Regulators in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe concluded that there is no evidence that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine causes blood clots after a thorough review. Initial reports of possible side-effects had many people, including Belizeans, hesitant in being vaccinated after some countries in the European Union suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. According to these countries, this was a precautionary measure based on reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in persons after being vaccinated.