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Oct 11, 2021

Diaspora Relations Ministry Says Belizeans Abroad Really Came Through During COVID-19

The Belize Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations just completed a four city tour in the United States, holding town hall and business meetings with Belizeans living in Houston, Chicago, New York, Miami. The in-person sessions also looked at the need for embassy and consul services. The CEO in the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Nicole Solano, appeared on Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes this morning. She spoke about continuing ties, both cultural and economic, those living outside the country maintain with Belize.

 

Nicole Solano

Nicole Solano, CEO Min of Tourism and Diaspora Relations

“We do estimate, a conservative figure about 300,000 Belizeans living abroad, across the world. So, what we’re doing right now is, we’re trying to encourage them to provide their contact information so we can stay in touch with them and have an ongoing dialogue. You know, that back and forth is so important, but we can’t do that unless we have their contact information, include them in things like mailing lists, hear from them. We’ve already had quite a number of people sign that contact form and provide that information, and this trip in particular has helped that process. So, a lot of people understand the importance of staying in touch and trying to find a way to remain engaged. So that process is ongoing. In terms, of remittances, and our Minister did present this in his presentation, the Central Bank reported something like a hundred and twenty million dollars in remittances last year, which was up from ninety million the year before. So during COVID, the Diaspora did come and bring quite a significant amount of support for Belizeans at home in terms of specific revenue generation.”


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