American diplomat visits Belize, donates to library

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Joy Ysaguirre (Chief Librarian)

Joy Ysaguirre
(Chief Librarian)

Friday, April 4, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: On Thursday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean in the Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, began a two-day visit to Belize.

After meeting with the heads of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Brigadier General David Jones, and the National Coast Guard, Rear Admiral John Borland, his next stop was the Leo Bradley Library, headquarters of the Belize National Library Service and Information System (BNLSIS).

He handed over a donation of books for the establishment of the Education USA Reference Center, to be housed at the Leo Bradley Library on Princess Margaret Drive.

The books include reference guides on education, U.S. culture and law and is intended to help students going to the U.S. to develop their knowledge of our giant northern neighbour.

Secretary Palmieri said that the future resource center is a fulfillment of America’s commitment to Belize in the area of education as promised by U.S. President Barack Obama upon his taking office.

The center will also have internet access for students to research American colleges and universities and the latest information on studying in the U.S. Some 333 exchange students went to America last year for study.

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