Government of Belize Launches First Formal Summer Internship Program

Government of Belize Launches First Formal Summer Internship Program

The Ministry of Public Service has been given the go-ahead to initiate an internship program for the summer.  Cabinet met on Tuesday where it was agreed for the ministry to have third and fourth-form students as well as junior college students apply for an internship position in government.  The summer program will see the first of two groups intern from June 17 to July 11; while a second set will come in from July 12 to August 11.  This is the first time the government will be rolling out a formal internship summer program.  Other matters discussed in Cabinet this week, had to do with the partial scope agreement between Belize and El Salvador.  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francis Fonseca, concluded the second rounds of negotiations recently which is aimed at enhancing access to El Salvador’s export market.  The agreement is still under discussion as there has to be an intersessional round of negotiations which will follow a third round of talks.  A third item on this week’s agenda had to do with strengthening the powers of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).  Cabinet agreed to improve on the legislation that will give NICH the power to protect and preserve Belize’s cultural resources and to establish reserves across the country.  Another legislative act that the Cabinet has agreed to improve on is the Designated Processing Areas Act (DPA).  According to a Cabinet release, this amendment to the act will see the turnaround time shortened for the Ministry of Investment to execute the Investment Incentives Program.  It is a program with some four dozen beneficiaries that offer tax, duty, and other incentives in agro-processing, manufacturing, aquaculture, and global digital services, including business process outsourcing. During this week’s meeting, the Chairman and the CEO of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) provided an update on the status of the institution and discussed ways to enhance and improve service to Belizeans, including enhanced services in areas of oncology, cardiology, and other specialized services both as a regional hospital and the nation’s only public tertiary hospital.

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