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Aug 23, 2017

You Can Now Enjoy Your Social Security in the Caribbean

Mark Lizarraga

It is the sole province of the senate to accede to the ratification of international treaties and conventions signed by Belize in order for them to be ratified. At this morning’s meeting the senate considered three such treaties: the Protocol Amending the CARICOM Agreement on Social Security; the Amendment to Annex Three of the Agreement Relating to the Operation of the CARICOM Development Fund; and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. Discussion of the latter was tabled until the original convention could be presented to the Senate, but Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga gave enthusiastic approval to the Social Security protocol, which he said is good news for those Belizeans looking for jobs or to retire in the Caribbean.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Business Community

“The importance of this agreement, Mr. President, is it lends security to those workers that may wish to seek employment in other jurisdictions in CARICOM who are signatories to this agreement; it means that their benefits, in effect, can carry forward into those jurisdictions. If we see, the Bahamas signed on to this agreement in 2010, we see Barbados in 2013, we see Grenada in 2017, Dominica in 2011, Guyana in 2013, Montserrat in 2013, St. Kitts and Nevis in 2011, St Lucia in 2010 and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2009, and what this means is that signatories to this agreement, Mr. President, agree that if nationals have incurred certain privileges and Social Security rights in these jurisdictions that these people can in fact still enjoy them in another jurisdiction, should they go either to retire or work.”

 

The Social Security and CARICOM Development Fund treaties were later approved.

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