The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. John Briceño, and his delegation have met with members of his country’s diaspora after attending the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
On September 26, 2022, the delegation, made up of government officials including the Minister of Tourism Hon. Anthony Mahler and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Eamon Courtenay, were at the Marriott Hotel, Downtown Brooklyn, as part of events to mark the Central American nation’s 41st Independence Day celebration.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon. John Briceño mentioned his administration’s aspirations for the economy and education in Belize; reiterating his desire to establish a greater connection between Belize and its diaspora.
“We may not be a lot, but all of us have this talent, and it continues to amaze me, wherever we go when we see the talent that Belizeans have all over the world,” he added.
Later the Prime minister thanked Belizeans living abroad for their consistent contributions to the country, after a separate meeting with the diaspora community in Washington D.C.
It is estimated that over 300,000 Belizeans are currently living abroad, with the majority being residents of the United States.
The Belizean diaspora contributes to the economy of its homeland in many ways including investment, tourism, expertise exchange, philanthropy, and remittances.
The Government of Belize has also instituted The Diaspora Returnee Incentive Program to attract members of its diaspora who are considering a return home and have funds to invest in their communities, either in housing or business. It also targets those who have a reoccurring monthly pension or income from a guaranteed source, which they would be depositing and spending in the local economy.
Edited by: Theresa R. Fianko
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