Belize has enjoyed a prosperous and supportive relationship with Canada for some time, and itÂs now been revealed that the nation is to provide Belize with $1.2 million to aid the Belize Defense Forces (BDF). Â Stuart Savage, Canadian High Commissioner to Belize, met with George Lovell, BelizeÂs Chief Executive Officer for National Security, to witness and oversee the delivery of vital equipment. Â These tools will be used to bolsterÂs BelizeÂs defense forces and ensure better security for the nation in the months and years ahead.
For those living in Belize, itÂs important to see ongoing support and positive relationships with other countries, particularly those in the Western world. Â The latest donation was made possible via CanadaÂs Department of National Defense, which has an Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program. Â This provided the means to direct vital tools towards Belize so that the nation is better equipped to react to possible safety threats. Â The equipment will also provide the BDF with a way to crack down on criminal activities.
Talking of the donation, High Commissioner Savage said that Canada was extremely pleased it could contribute towards BelizeÂs growing capacity to combat international organized crime.Â ÂCanada will continue to work with Belize and our other Central American partners to help strengthen security institutions and increase capacity to respond to immediate security threats in our hemisphere,Â he said. Â Meanwhile, Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), Brigadier General Denis Thompson, said they were continuing to work with international partners to fulfill the Canadian governmentÂs initiatives. Â ÂBy assisting our partners in increasing their capabilities to combat crime domestically, there will be a direct impact on the security of North America. Â Our partnership in Belize has been positive and mutually beneficial,Â he said.
The latest donation is part of CanadaÂs initiative to improve security in Belize and across Central America. Â The scheme was first announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in April last year when he was attending the Colombia-based ÂSummit of the Americas.Â Â It is hoped that defense and security across the region can be improved, helping to reduce organized crime and future threats not only to individual nations, such as Belize, but the entire hemisphere as a whole. Â For all those living in Belize, the news will be greatly welcomed.