US State Department


US grant for Job Creations in At Risk Neighborhoods

This is from Apr 7, 2014 but I did not see much on this specific grant on the Belize news (I may have missed it however and please excuse me if I did) and thought I should share so others may know. The US State Department has issued a grant to Belize for job creation in At Risk Neighborhoods across the nation, funding is available to U.S. or overseas-based non-governmental and non-profit organizations (NGOs), Public International Organizations (PIOs) and Educational Institutions, according to the announcement expects to fund 5 to 7 proposals ranging between $100,000 to $500,000. Description Variable. The […]


The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime

By Grace Kranstover and Ragini Chatterjee Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America’s most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral reefs and rainforest, the small English-speaking country has plenty to offer for tourists looking for tropical adventures. Yet, Belize is rapidly becoming known to the international community for attracting many drug trafficking organizations known for transporting marijuana and cocaine into North America. Since the country’s currency is conveniently pegged to the U.S. dollar, Belize also offers nonresidents the opportunity to run offshore accounts. Money laundering has become a prime form […]


Immigration Director fired for being honest 1

A Wikileaks cable shows that political pressure to allow Chinese Immigrants travel to Belize via Cuba was known and had been brought to light by Gareth Murillo, Director of Immigration. Murillo made contacts with the US State Department regarding corruption in the Immigration Department. VZCZCXYZ0024 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHBE #0435 1791746 ZNY CCCCC ZZH R 281746Z JUN 07 FM AMEMBASSY BELMOPAN TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0657 INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0003 RUEHGT/AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 0056 RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA 0002 C O N F I D E N T I A L BELMOPAN 000435 SIPDIS SIPDIS DEPT FOR DS/CR, DS/CR/CIL, DS/IP/WHA, WHA/CEN, CA/VO, DS/FLD/MFO, GUATEMALA […]