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The Ministry of Economic Development Signs MOU with Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism

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Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 6:44 pm CST.

Contributed by The Ministry of Economic Development: On September 6, 2022, Cabinet gave its approval for the Ministry of Economic Development to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in connection with the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism. This Mechanism will enable Belize for the next 2.5 years to access up to 29 technical assistance programs free of cost from Canada which may be utilized to address Belize’s priority needs by supporting institutional strengthening and economic growth through the transfer of skills and knowledge, and fostering locally driven, sustainable solutions that are equitable, inclusive and environmentally responsible.

Today, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Osmond Martinez, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in conjunction with Mrs. Wendy Harris, President of CESO. The MOU highlights the roles of both parties and the objective of the partnership. The CCEDM is a four-year, demand-based program funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to address priority needs identified by national governments, while supporting countries in their efforts to strengthen and diversify local economies, build strong climate-resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. With this partnership, Belize’s government ministries, departments, agencies, academia, and private sector can acquire technical assistance in strengthening institutional/organizational strategies and build human resource capacities under the pillars of Strategic Planning and Policy, Operation Efficiency and Effectiveness, and Communications.

Through the CCEDM, at least 3,000 Belizeans (60% of which are women) will have the opportunity to apply for tailored advising through: training, mentorship, assessments, and workshops. The results of this program are clear; institutions and individuals will be strengthened, paving the way for inclusive, equitable, innovative, and sustainable socio-economic development. For countries like Belize, building our technical capacity is an invaluable investment. These efforts not only lend themselves to the advancement of national priorities, but also enhance the involvement and competitiveness of developing countries like ours in the global arena.

CEO Martinez stated in his remarks that the Ministry and the Government of Belize are grateful for the tremendous support provided by the Canadian Executive Service Organization to the people of Belize. This is an opportunity for our country to meet the goals set forth in our Plan Belize Medium-Term Development Strategy, but most importantly, it is an opportunity for us to cultivate an even stronger partnership between Canada and Belize.

Present in the MOU ceremony was Mrs. Christine Faveri, the Head of Cooperation at the High Commission of Canada to Belize; Mr. Jose Urbina, CEO for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and E-Governance; Mrs. Dian Maheia, CEO for the Ministry of Education; Mr. Andy Sutherland, Director General for Foreign Trade; Mrs. Gale Lee, the Senior Director for International Services of CESO; Ms. Natalie Morris, the Regional Representative of CESO; Mrs. Andrea Benavedes, Programme Manager for the CCEDB; staff from the Ministry of Economic Development; The Training Unit for the Public Service; The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry; The University of the West Indies Open Campus; Galen University; The University of Belize; the Resilient Rural Belize Project; The Belize Integral Security Program; the Second Road Safety Project and the Government of Belize Press Office.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Osmond Martinez 

Chief Executive Officer 

Ministry of Economic Development  

[email protected] 

 

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