Belize Becomes First CARICOM and SICA Country to Accept Fisheries Agreement at WTO

Belize Becomes First CARICOM and SICA Country to Accept Fisheries Agreement at WTO

Belize has become the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Central American Integration System (SICA) country to submit its acceptance of the agreement on Fisheries and Subsidies of the World Trade Agreement.  It is a major step for Belize, and when it comes to sustainable fishing and international cooperation.  The fact that the government followed through with its commitment to work at safeguarding the country’s marine resources, has highlighted the country as being serious about international collaborations and in addressing the urgent global challenges when it comes to protecting the fisheries sector.  The agreement was negotiated during the WTO’s ministerial conference in Switzerland, Geneva.  Dr. Gianni Avila, Belize’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization presented her credentials to the Director General, and highlighted why this is important for Belize.

The WTO’s Director General has praised Belize, and Prime Minister John Briceno for being the first in our region to sign onto this agreement.

The Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, negotiated during the 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, is a landmark effort to combat overfishing and the depletion of fish stocks globally. 

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