Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020. 1:12 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Minister of State for Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Carla Barnett was invited by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to participate in the “Recover Better Together Action Forum,” which took place today, June 26th.
A key objective was the raising of resources for the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Trust Fund to implement the United Nations Framework for Immediate Socio-economic Response to COVID-19.
As a recipient country of the Fund’s investments, Belize was invited to “share your country’s perspective on what has been achieved as well as the urgent needs that remain.”
“As we look ahead and seek to commence rebuilding, we do so with great caution. Our Prime Minister yesterday announced the re-opening of the international airport – which has been closed for over two months – and the first stage of the reopening of our tourism sector. We are doing so fully cognizant of the risks involved in opening up and we are managing that risk through education of our workers and the general population, and through the establishment of new protocols for the safe provision and enjoyment of tourism services. And we are fully prepared to take the necessary action to protect against the spread of the coronavirus if and when it appears again,” Barnett stated.
Belize and Jamaica were the only presenters from Central America and the Caribbean. During the forum, several countries shared their experiences and some pledged contributions totaling US$16 million to the Fund.
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