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Prime Minister’s Address the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry

April 27, 2017 Thank you for inviting me to share my sense of the business climate, the macro economy, and a few of my Administration’s actions and plans for sustaining and broadening Belize’s economic expansion. To some extent, a degree often underestimated, both government and the private sector grapple with conditions that are uncontrollable, or at least unpredictable. For example, at the start of our tenure nine years ago, the Great Recession and the unusual oil price spike that wobbled the global economy, especially small economies in the American orbit such as Belize, was surely not something we had bargained […]


The Right to Food in Belize Part One

The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. – General Comment 12 (CESCR) The Constitution of Belize does not explicitly guarantee the right to adequate food. Belize has become a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2015 by way of ratification. INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 1948 Article 25 1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for […]


National Aquaculture Sector Overview

Characteristics, structure and resources of the sector Summary Aquaculture in Belize formally began in 1982 with the development of ten acres (4 ha) of experimental ponds by a private company, in the southern part of the Country. Since that time, the industry has developed rapidly and has become firmly established as a significant contributor to the Belizean economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings, income generation, employment, nutrition, and food security. In Belize, the aquaculture industry is primarily based on the production of the whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). Aquaculture in Belize has been expanding in volume and value more rapidly […]


Belize Easter Travel Advisory – Mexico

Immigration Border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas only and only for 3 days – including the day of arrival. All visitors should ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport when crossing the border. Keep a copy of your passport, drivers licence, social security card, and voters I.D. in an accessible digital media such e-mail. Vehicles Ensure your vehicle is in good condition, that you have a valid driver`s licence, and that all vehicle documents are in order. Vehicles with Belizean licence plates may only circulate within the […]


Original Chaguaramas Treaty

Original Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market signed at Chaguaramas Chaguaramas, 4th July 1973 (This is the Official Text of the Treaty, the Final Act and the Agreement establishing the Common External Tariff) PREAMBLE The Governments of the contracting States, Determined to consolidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically existed among their peoples; Sharing a common determination to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of their peoples for full employment and improved standards of work and living; Conscious that these objectives can most rapidly be attained by the optimum utilisation of available human and natural resources of the […]


Case study of Agricultural Policies in Belize 2

REPORT PREPARED FOR THE CARICOM SECRETARIAT CONSULTING TEAM (CORE): SINGH, R.H. (PH.D.) RANKINE, L.B. (PH.D.) SEEPERSAD, G. (M.SC.) THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD W.I. DECEMBER 2005 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Purpose & Scope of the Review This Report provides an analytical review of the major policy provisions for the agricultural sector in Belize. The focus is on the appropriateness of the policy mix in facilitating transformation of the sector into one characterized by higher levels of efficiency and competitiveness. The review is conducted within the context of the challenges confronting agriculture […]


Resilient Communities with Cristina Coc

Cristina Coc discusses issues with Alec Baldwin and Aaron Sherinian at Earth To Paris. Giving voice on an international platform to indigenous peoples of Belize as they talk about climate change and its solutions. “The most important thing is to learn from indigenous and forest communities on how they do sustainable development – Christina Coc” Governments have the responsibility to set the framework for action … but the energy and innovation really happens at the local and regional level. Related articles Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not? (earthtimes.org) Tackling Climate Change in the Caribbean: Natural Solutions to a […]


The Georgetown Accord

THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF DELEGATIONS TO THE EIGHTH CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES ASSEMBLED IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, FROM 9TH TO 12TH APRIL, 1973 – DETERMINED to consolidate and strengthen the bonds of unity which have historically existed among their peoples; SHARING a common determination to fulfil within the shortest possible time the hopes and aspirations of the people of the Caribbean Territories for industrial and agricultural development, full employment and improved living standards; CONSCIOUS that these goals can most rapidly be attained by the optimum use of available human […]


The Georgetown Agreement 1975

The Georgetown Agreement (formally establishing the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the “ACP Group”), since 1975 (ACP) Date of Text Adopted on June 6, 1975 at Georgetown Entry into force on February 12, 1976 Amended on November 26, 1992 at Brussels Amended on November 28, 2003 at Brussels Host Institution: African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Members Contracting Parties/Signatories Subject Matter Industrial Property Notes IP provisions: Article 1 THE GEORGETOWN AGREEMENT ON THE ORGANIZATION OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC GROUP OF STATES,1975 THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC STATES, hereinafter called the “ACP […]


Moving the OECS & Belize deep into the CSME

By: Rickey Singh on Sunday, June 06, 2010 TRADE and economic disadvantages being experienced by the Less Developed Countries (LDCs) of the Caribbean Community pose a critical challenge to their full integration in Caricom’s Single Market and Economy (CSME). These are largely countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Belize. According to the findings of a just-completed major study, the creation of a Regional Stabilisation Programme (RSP) must be treated as an urgent priority. Caricom’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will shortly discuss the findings and recommendations of the study, viewed as a very serious […]


Partial Scope Agreement Between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala


NTUCB remains strong against BSI ASR BSCFA – Press Release

National Trade Union Congress of Belize expresses refusal to buckle to name calling re-affirmation their support for the BSCFA and a plea to BSCFA members to remain united. Press Release (For Immediate Release) January 08, 2015 The National Trade Union Congress of Belize; makes an impassioned plea to the members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, to remain united. There is no way you can come through on the most beneficial end of this matter; if you now fall prey to the plot that has been skillfully weaved and orchestrated to break you up. Whilst this Congress is being […]