Posted: Friday, December 2, 2022. 1:23 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Thursday, December 1, 2022, U.S. Embassy Acting Political and Economic Chief Sydney Skov and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Belize Deputy Resident Representative Ian King handed over a donation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, Kareem Musa.
The equipment, valued at US$44,695.00, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and procured through UNDP.
The U.S. Embassy in Belize says that this collaborative effort is made possible through USAID’s “Evidence-Based Information Management for Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic” project, also known as the InfoSegura Regional Project.
Skov underscored, “This latest USAID-sponsored donation to the Belizean government will serve to strengthen the inter-agency sharing of crime data among key stakeholders across the continuum of justice in Belize. It helps to lay the foundation for a sophisticated ICT framework where quick and easy access to information is critical to bolstering citizen security in Belize and the region.”
The donation includes workstations and GPS-enabled cameras and accessories to the Belize Police Department and the National Forensic Science Service, to help strengthen interagency data sharing through the Belize Crime Observatory.
Minister Musa thanked USAID and UNDP for their steadfast support to improving Belize’s citizen security framework for the benefit of all Belizeans.
“We are heartened by your generous support for the modernization of ICT frameworks across Belize’s public sector, in support of this year’s National Digital Agenda,” emphasized Minister Musa.
UNDP Belize Deputy Resident Representative Ian King recognized the continued commitment of the Government of Belize to advancing citizen security and the support of the Government of the United States.
“The USAID InfoSegura Regional Project is vital as it promotes innovation, capacity development, evidence-based decision making and policy development as well as regional sharing and cooperation,” King said.
The InfoSegura project continues to support interventions and policies that aim to strengthen crime and justice data platforms both nationally and regionally, including working to support the formulation of evidenced-based policies and decisions.
The project is implemented in Belize by the UNDP in partnership with USAID and the Ministry of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, through the Belize Crime Observatory.
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