Belize enjoys an excellent relationship with the United States Government. This relationship is based primarily on mutual trust and respect forged by our shared values in the promotion of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and cooperation on issues of security, trade and development.
A substantial portion of the interface, cooperation and mechanisms that underpin this relationship is managed through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) block. In this context, high-level dialogues occur frequently between CARICOM and the United States Government on issues integral to regional development and prosperity.
Mechanisms for Cooperation
The Embassy works in tandem with various U.S. Government agencies, the U.S. Congress, and State and Local Governments to discuss issues such as:
Defence and Security
A. Central America Regional Security Initiative
This is a multi-year security cooperation program being executed by the United States Department of State and involves the United States, Mexico and Central America. It is designed to strengthen cooperation and build trust among countries in the region to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. Through this initiative, Belize and other participating countries have received equipment and training in support of law enforcement operations and technical assistance.
B. The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
At the V Summit of the Americas held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009, President Barack Obama announced a multi-year security cooperation initiative akin to the Merida Initiative for the Caribbean Member States to confront the challenges of organized crime and drug activity in the Region. This program is scheduled to be executed in 2010.
Trade and Development Assistance
- The United States is Belize’s largest trading partner in the export of textiles and agricultural goods. To this end, the Embassy has forged relations with U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of State to explore ways to increase trade opportunities.
- Belize also pursues opportunities for development assistance in areas of education, public health, and the environment.