As part of the flood relief by UNICEF, the US Embassy, NEMO and the Belize Red Cross, Charge d’ Affaires for the US Embassy Keith Gilges spoke on the cooperation between Belize and the United States especially in times of disasters.
Charge d’ Affaires for the US Embassy Keith Gilges: “This has really been a year for the history books when the world has faced a global pandemic in Central America and two back to back major hurricanes in this region. These crises have transcended borders and upended so many lives. Faced with COVID-19, flooding, unemployment and economic hardship the citizens of Belize continue to brave these circumstances with strength and resilience. But in times of crisis and hardship we also trust that we can turn to our neighbors and to our friends for support. The strong relationship between Belize and the United States ensures that whatever difficulties may come our two nations stand united in our shared goals of health ,security and prosperity. Today we celebrate – celebrate may not be the right word to use- today we honor and we acknowledge the delivery, we would like to celebrate the end of needing these things and we’d like to in some ways put ourselves out of work but anyway we acknowledge the delivery today of these food and hygiene baskets. You know these packets address immediate concerns of life, security and health for all of those who receive them. But they also stand as a pledge to you and your neighbors and friends while Belize rebuilds you may trust the United States will continue to work with you to do our part and to help where we can. In doing this we strengthen the bonds between our two countries. The US government’s commitment to the Belizean people is not new and nor does it simply relate to the crises of the past year. My embassy team works hard every day toward promoting economic prosperity, good governance and citizen security here in Belize.”
Belize has also received flood assistance from the Taiwanese Embassy in the sum of one hundred thousand US dollars. The money is a grant delivered personally to the Ministry of Finance by Ambassador His Excellency Remus Li-Kuo Chen. Ambassador expressed solidarity with Belize in good times and bad. Receiving the cheque was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Christopher Coye. According to Minister Coye the grant will be used for emergency repairs on infrastructure.