As a part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a Letter of Intent on a framework for tourism cooperation. The signing took place in Belize City on June 19, 2019.
The Letter of Intent is a first step towards bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism to further strengthen communication and collaboration between both countries, promote information sharing and knowledge transfer, and support professional expert exchanges and capacity building programs.
The delegations held a brief bilateral meeting prior to the signing event to discuss areas of cooperation aimed at promoting the responsible and sustainable development of Tourism and Aviation in both countries.
Minister Heredia commented: “As we celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan this year, it gives us great pleasure to serve as host to this event which marks a historic milestone in our countries’ relationship. With the signing of this Letter of Intent, we look forward to seeing this partnership program between our two countries evolve into a meaningful platform to advance our sustainable tourism agenda.”
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Belize Tourism Board remain committed to continuing to foster friendly relations and mutual cooperation between Belize and other nations in the travel and tourism sectors.
There will be two (2) investment missions to Belize with the objective to increase foreign direct investments in prioritized industries, and generate positive socio-economic impact in Belize.
The first investment mission, focused on the tourism sector, is scheduled to take place from June 23rd to 29th, 2019, with the arrival of eight (8) Taiwanese delegates who will be participating in a series of meetings and site visits in Belize. The mission seeks to explore investment opportunities in Belize’s thriving tourism sector, which continues to serve as a key pillar for economic growth. It is envisioned that the investment mission will provide strategic industry insights, through tailored meetings and site visits with key industry executives and decision makers in both the public and private sectors, matching the needs and interests of the delegates.
The Mission starts with a Welcome Event which will be held on Monday, June 24th, 2019, at 9:00 am in the Caracol Room of the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, Belize City. An ensuing mission that focuses on agriculture is anticipated to take place in October of 2019.
The Taiwanese delegation, led by the Minister of Transportation and Communications, Dr. Lin Chia-Lung, included representatives from the Department of Navigation and Aviation, the Tourism Bureau, Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd., Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize. The Belize delegation was headed by Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia and included representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Airports Authority, the Border Management Agency, and the Department of Civil Aviation.