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Minister of Foreign Affairs address concerns raised by BCCI

Since last year October the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has been asking the Government for clarification regarding the renunciation process that Guatemalans have to go through in order to receive Belizean nationality. In a letter dated October 23 2017, BCCI President Nikita Usher points out to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington and Minister of State responsible for Immigration Beverly Williams that under Section 29 of the Constitution of Belize no person shall be granted Belizean nationality if that person is from a country that does not recognize Belize’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the letter, Usher states that the BCCI cannot support the granting of Belize nationality to persons from Guatemala. The BCCI is also seeking clarification on the process being practiced by the Immigration Department in granting Belize Nationality to Guatemalans. The BCCI has not received a favorable response and so the concern has been forwarded to the Prime Minister. President of the BCCI, Nikita Usher, says that if they do not receive a response, action will be taken.

Nikita Usher was reelected to the post of President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) during its 98th Annual General Meeting which was held on Thursday, April 26.