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PM Briceno at European Development Days 2022

 Prime Minister John Briceno is in Brussels, Belgium, participating in the European Development Days 2022. The event was organized by the European Commission to bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. For its 15th edition, the EDD is focusing on “Global Gateway: building sustainable partnerships for a connected world.” In his speech, the Prime Minister spoke of the impact the partnership with the EU has had. He said that the EU’s contribution has helped with meaningful rural transformation through the development of small and micro-enterprise infrastructure, through major investments that have driven our competitiveness on international markets and in the area of renewable energy all initiatives that are helping us improve productivity and reducing poverty. He also expressed gratitude to the EU for playing an active role in the Belize/Guatemala dispute. 

John Briceño, Prime Minister, Belize: “Allow a minute to express, on behalf of the people of Belize and our neighbour Guatemala, our sincere appreciation to the E.U. for its efforts at regional peace and security. Your commitment to the Culture of Peace Program and in our efforts to find a peaceful and lasting resolution on the Guatemala’s unfounded territorial claim to Belize territory is invaluable and continues to be important. Like you, we desire to live in peace. For this reason, we strongly commend, condemn what is currently occurring in the Ukraine. We applaud measures by the E.U. to bolster their support for the Ukrainian people. Excellencies, Belize, like the rest of the Caribbean, is working towards meaningful, sustainable development and the economic transformation of our people. To this end, we will continue mobilising resources and expertise that will help with the advancement of our people. We look forward to the support and engagement of our E.U. counterparts especially as we seek to address global inflation, food security, and energy security.” 

PM Briceno says that the European Development Days (EDD) is Europe’s leading forum on international partnerships. Briceno says that it’s time to turn words into action and truly address global inflation. 

John Briceño, Prime Minister, Belize: “To truly embody the forum’s Global Gateway Strategy, we need to address global inflation and condemn the geopolitical tensions that threaten to diminish global connectivity and the investments we have made in driving innovation. As we come together at this 15th European Development Days forum, let us ensure that our dialogue is fruitful, our outcomes effective and our alliances enduring. The people we represent and the global community of which we are all a part of are counting on us to turn our words into action.”