Ministry of Economic Development signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism

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

Contribution from the Ministry of Economic Development: On September 6, 2022, Cabinet gave its approval for the Department of Economic Development to sign a Memorandum of Understanding under the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism. This mechanism will provide Belize, over the next two and a half years, with free access to up to 29 Canadian technical assistance programs that can be used to meet Belize’s priority needs by supporting institutional strengthening and economic growth through the transfer of skills and knowledge, and by encouraging sustainable, equitable, inclusive and environmentally friendly solutions locally.

Today, the Director General of the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Osmond Martinez, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) jointly with Ms. Wendy Harris, President of CESO. The Memorandum of Understanding highlights the roles of both parties and the purpose of the partnership. The CCEDM is a four-year, demand-driven program funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to respond to priority needs identified by national governments, while supporting countries in their efforts to strengthen and diversify local economies, create strong climate-resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. Through this partnership, ministries, departments, agencies, universities and the private sector of the Government of Belize can acquire technical assistance to strengthen institutional/organizational strategies and build human resource capacity under the pillars of planning and strategic policy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations and communications.

Through the CCEDM, at least 3,000 Belizeans (60% of whom are women) will have the opportunity to seek personalized advice through: training, mentoring, 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 advancing national priorities, but also enhance the participation and competitiveness of developing countries like ours on the global stage.

CEO Martinez said 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 achieve the goals set out in our Plan Belize medium-term development strategy, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for us to cultivate an even stronger partnership between Canada and Belize.

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

For more information contact:

Dr. Osmond Martinez

Chief executive officer

Ministry of Economic Development

[email protected]

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