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Prime Minister John Briceno Leads Delegation to Taiwan

Prime Minister John Briceno is currently leading a delegation to the Taiwan upon the invitation of President Tsai Ing Wen. The delegation consists of the Special Envoy, Rossana Briceno; Chief of Staff, Ambassador Stuart Leslie; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eamon Courtenay; and Minister of Agriculture, Abelardo Mai. Prior to leaving the country on March 6, Prime Minister Briceno did call a Cabinet meeting where several national issues were discussed. Coming out of that meeting was Cabinet’s approval for the Attorney General’s Ministry to make the necessary legislative preparation for Belize to accede to the Madrid System for the International Registration of marks known as the Madrid Protocol which will form a part of the domestic legal framework. As part of the undertaking, Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) personnel will be trained in preparation for the full implementation of this Protocol. Additionally, Cabinet will be recommending the introduction of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Bill, 2022 at the next sitting of the House of Representatives. The adoption of the Cannabis Control Bill will provide for the control and licensing of the Cannabis industry and to establish the necessary legislative framework to govern and regulate the cultivation, processing, distribution, and delivery of Cannabis products for adult use only. Also, on the Cabinet agenda was the approval for the Ministry of the Blue Economy & Civil Aviation to present for adoption a draft National Mariculture Policy that will guide the development of a sustainable mari-culture industry in Belize.