International


OAS to Host Forum on Migration and Development in the Americas

May 5, 2016 The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold this Friday, May 6 the Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda” with the participation of foreign ministers, experts and senior officials working on the issue in the hemisphere. The inaugural session will feature the participation of the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; the Executive Director of the Young American Business Trust (YABT), Valerie Lorena and the President of the Committee on Migration Issues (CAM), Daniel Cámara. WHAT: […]


What Guatemala does not want the world to see

While the Government of Guatemala burns through the budget on lavish lifestyles, keeping an unfounded claim on our independent nation of Belize, swarms of families live below extreme poverty and live their lives in the garbage dumps. Guatemala would do good with starting to address the basic human rights of their citizens before they look for more expenditures elsewhere but then again, the Oligarchy does not suffer so they do not care. Video by Primer Impacto


OAS Secretary General Almagro Met with Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala

May 4, 2016 The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, met today with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Secretary Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone. Recalling Annex C of the Confidence Building Measures in force on the Guidelines for Public Statements, […]


Belize v. Belize Social Development Ltd (2012)

668 F.3d 724 (2012) BELIZE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, Appellant v. GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE, Appellee. No. 10-7167. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Argued October 14, 2011. Decided January 13, 2012. Louis B. Kimmelman argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellant. Joseph S. Hall entered an appearance. Juan C. Basombrio, pro hac vice, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief was Jay C. Johnson. Before: ROGERS, GARLAND and KAVANAUGH, Circuit Judges. Opinion for the Court by Circuit Judge ROGERS. Dissenting opinion by Circuit Judge KAVANAUGH. ROGERS, Circuit Judge: This case involves a petition […]


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 […]


Now the Sarstoon has become Guatemala’s 2

by Thérèse Belisle Nweke … A Belizean in Nigeria on the Annexation of the Sarstoon ” All your friends are false; all your enemies are real” – Mexican proverb The subterfuge, excuses and unimpressive attempts to conceal the truth have ended. The Sarstoon is no longer Belize’s, but is now a part of the Republic of Guatemala. This, the redoubtable Wil Maheia recently proved when as head of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), he and 19 other Belizeans were arbitrarily prevented by armed Guatemalan military personnel from entering the Sarstoon river, on their way to the Gracias a Dios border […]


Integrating the Caribbean and Central America

In continuing with what I’ve been talking about for several years now as to how things are being integrated into districts and all that. Earlier posts talk about the over all picture, others talk about the regional CARICOM and SICA stuff and some other angle. This one speaks more into that. Time to wake up Belizeans. THE TIME TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY IS BEFORE YOU LOSE IT! – Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson This was originally posted on Caribbean Journal By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli Sanchez The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional […]


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 2003

Brussels, 28 November 2003 ACP/27/005/00 Rev.16 Legal Service/NJB/mgf [Final Version] THE GEORGETOWN AGREEMENT As amended by Decision No.1/LXXVIII/03 of the 78th Session of the Council of Ministers, Brussels, 27 and 28 November 2003 PREAMBLE THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC STATES, hereinafter referred to as “the ACP States”; DESIROUS OF CONTRIBUTING through continuous and concerted endeavours to the reinforcement of the process of solidarity of developing countries; HAVING REGARD to the ACP-EEC Lomé Conventions and the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement signed on 23 June 2000 in Cotonou, hereinafter referred to as the ACP-EC Partnership Agreements; HAVING REGARD in particular […]


The Georgetown Agreement 1992

Amended in accordance with the Council of Ministers’ Decision adopted at its 55th Session held in Brussels from 24 to 26 November 1992 Document ACP/27/028/92 THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC STATES, Hereinafter called as the “ACP GROUP“, HAVING CONTRIBUTED, through united and concerted endeavours to the acceleration of the process of solidarity of developing countries, HAVING REGARD to the ACP-EEC Lome Convention, REAFFIRMING their attachment to the fundamental principles of human dignity, human rights and the rights of peoples; DESIROUS of consolidating and strengthening the existing solidarity of the ACP Group, and of promoting improved cooperation between […]


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 […]