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Nov 10, 2022

Belize’s Bi-Lateral Partners Aid in Hurricane Lisa Relief; More Contributions to Come.

The international community has united assist Belize’s recovery efforts. Today, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief items in the form of generators, sleeping bags and blankets. Also, on behalf of the American people, Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones met with Ambassador Amalia Mai, Chair of the National Emergency Management Organization’s Foreign Assistance Committee, and NEMO Coordinator Colonel Shelton Defour to deliver over ninety-seven thousand U.S dollars in essential items to support local recovery and relief efforts. The donation included hygiene and cleaning supplies, first aid kits, and construction materials to contribute to the repairs of structures damaged during the hurricane. The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has contributed an initial four hundred thousand dollars. The President of Guatemala has also pledged support, says Prime Minister Briceño. Locally, the Banana Growers Association presented one hundred thousand dollars to Cabinet on Tuesday. P.M. Briceño tells us more.

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“What most of our partners are waiting for is a complete assessment. We just immediately on Thursday, Minister Courtenay along with Colonel DeFour prepared a two pager where they have already estimated that it is over ten million U.S. dollars. But now we are doing the final touches but I believe that by early next week we will have a closer definitive figure that we can give to our partners. Some of them have been giving small donations. For instance, the Banana Growers Association on Tuesday they went to Cabinet and presented a hundred thousand dollars. They were grateful that they were spared because the hurricane was going in their direction and if it did they would have lost their entire crop. Citrus would have lost the entire crop. So it skipped San Pedro and Caye Caulker and came to Belize. So, hopefully tourism industry will be making a donation. Ambassador David Chen from Taiwan, they are one of our most staunchest allies and friends and they immediately came and gave us an initial donation of four hundred thousand dollars so that we can start immediate work and of course they are offering more help. The United States Government, when I met with the Charge’ said well we are waiting for the official report and with that report we can know exactly what we can do to help. Through the US Army they prepared to come in and assist. But, at the end of the day, we have to be responsible for our own rebuilding. So, we will have to be able to find the bulk of the financing.”


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