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Fisheries Department hands over COVID-19 safety equipment for fishing cooperatives and seafood processing facilities

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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020. 2:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Thursday, November 26th, a ceremony was held at the Coastal Zone training room in Belize City where the Fisheries Department handed over COVID-19 safety equipment for the Fishing Cooperatives and private sector seafood processing facilities.

The equipment included seven COVID-19 testing units, sanitizing supplies, and two laptops.

The donation was made possible through the regional project titled “Integration of the Value Chain in Fisheries and Aquaculture” which is a regional project being implemented by the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA).

 The regional project is being funded by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the sum of US$1.5 Million in which Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua are project beneficiaries. 

The ceremony was attended by Andre Perez, Minister of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, and CEO Kennedy Carillo.

 The Embassy of Taiwan was represented by Ambassador H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen. 

Perez expressed his appreciation to the Government of Taiwan and to OSPESCA for the continued commitment and support given to the fisheries sector in Belize.

As the new Minister of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation,  Perez pledged his support for the responsible development of fisheries in Belize given its prominent role in the Blue Economy.

Ambassador Chen also reaffirmed his country’s continued support to the Government of Belize.   

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