Government of Belize


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 1st National Cybersecurity Symposium

Securing Our Digital Future 24 – 27 April 2017 Belize City, Belize Gain insight on the fundamentals of cybersecurity Learn strategies for protecting your organization Receive updates on government and regulatory plans Network and share ideas with peers and experts Participate in shaping a national cybersecurity framework Hosted by the Belize Public Utilities Commission on behalf of the Government of Belize Message from PUC Chairman Mr. John Avery: The world is more connected than ever before. Today, our connectivity to the global network is critical to the productivity and functionality of our local society. As Chairman of the Belize Public […]


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 […]


International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

United States Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Money Laundering and Financial Crimes March 2015 Belize is not a major regional financial center; however, it has a substantial offshore financial sector. The Government of Belize continues to encourage the growth of offshore financial activities that are vulnerable to money laundering, including offshore banks, insurance companies, trust service providers, mutual fund companies, and international business companies. The Belizean dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar, and Belizean banks continue to offer financial and corporate services to nonresidents in the offshore financial sector. Belizean officials suspect there […]


UnHappy Birthday Belize

I wanted to wait for the festivities to simmer down before I put my thoughts out to my fellow Belizeans. I do not know how you will receive my speech or how it will be scrutinized, but these are my heartfelt convictions. I heard some of the speeches and for the most part heard a lot of pretty flowers, shiny gems and smelt nice perfume that all masked the reality that our nation faces today, 33 years and a couple days old. I won’t go into the pretties too much, you know that is not me. My idea is to […]


Memorandum of understanding between the US and Belize Governments

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE CONCERNING THE IMPOSITION OF IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON CATEGORIES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIAL REPRESENTING THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF BELIZE FROM THE PRE-CERAMIC (APPROXIMATELY 9000 B.C.), PRE-CLASSIC, CLASSIC, AND POST-CLASSIC PERIODS OF THE PRE- COLUMBIAN ERA THROUGH THE EARLY and LATE COLONIAL PERIODS The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Belize; Acting pursuant to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, to which both countries are […]


Belize Political Assessment

Originally Released on 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT The Government of Belize (GOB) welcomes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) although the investment climate has cooled over the past year. There is a number of disputes between U.S. and other foreign investors and various GOB agencies as well as new legislation that hampers the ability of investors to seek arbitration to resolve disputes. (DOS) The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) was established to serve as a one-stop-shop for export and investment assistance but bureaucratic red tape may still be encountered when seeking government fiscal incentives. (DOS) Government investment incentives include: Fiscal Incentives […]


Bilateral Investment Treaty

Treaty Series No. 33 (1982) Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Belize for the Promotion and Protection of Investments. Belmopan, 30 April 1982 The Agreement entered into force on 30 April 1982 Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty September 1982 Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Belize for the Promotion and Protection of Investments The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and […]


Warning: Clearing of Western Border

Press Release by Government of Belize Belmopan, 25th February, 2013. The Government of Belize, in discharge of its duty to ensure the safety and security of all persons in our country, hereby advises all members of the public that any attempt on their part to clear the Western Border can give rise to serious danger to themselves and we therefore strongly advise against participation in any such action. Proposed efforts as reported in the media may conduce to a disturbance of the peace and to unnecessary tensions between two countries, contrary to the long – standing efforts that successive Belize […]


PETITION: Maya Homeland in Belize Threatened by Americal Oil Prospectors

To: Honourable Prime Minister Dean Barrow An international community of friends, allies and consumers of Belize tourism, agriculture and marine products want the governments of Belize and the United States to know that we are aware of the tenuous situation that is unfolding in the pristine cloud forest, ancient bog, and unique tropical wetlands of Southern Belize. The sensitive ecological systems of Belize must be protected from damage by oil or other industry. Belize’s burgeoning tourism industry must be protected from the negative impacts of oil development. The environmental risks and environmental health consequences of oil or other mineral development […]