Volume 36 | January 2018

Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida
Beautiful Belizean Sunrise
 Photo by: Mr. Gach Guerrero
Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we bring you human interest stories, current events and information on Belize! Mostly, our purpose is to share all the positive and beautiful things about Belize and its people.

The Consulate of Belize in Florida continues to offer Belizean Passports and Emergency Travel Documents. We are also issuing Identification Cards, facilitating many Belizeans living in Florida with the opportunity to hold an official ID from Belize. Acceptance of these cards at U.S. offices and other institutions, however, depends on their discretion.  
Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize
 in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida

If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. 

Please remember to share with us your contact information so that you can be abreast of all the updates and news on Belize. Visit our  website at  www.belizeconsulflorida.com  and register with us. You will benefit by receiving news and information on Belize as well as learn of events happening in Florida.

 Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow New Years Message


January 15th marked the 99th Birthday of the late Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price  




Graduates at the University of Belize formerly could not receive their diplomas or certificates unless physically present at the graduation ceremony held only once per year. Students found it difficult to apply for jobs or other schools immediately following the completion of the requirements of their respective degrees. Students who had completed their requirements in July or December of 2017 could not receive their diplomas or certificates until the graduation exercise in 2018. University of Belize chose Alberto Matus, an Information Technology student, to break the news. 


NGOs Celebrate Offshore Drilling Officially Prohibited By GOB For Some Time
On August 15th, 2017 Prime Minister and the Cabinet proposed drafting legislation imposing an indefinite moratorium on offshore drilling in Belize. October 20th, 2017 the legislation was presented to the House of Representatives and received bipartisan support on December 8th, 2017. December 29th the Petroleum Operations (Martime Zone Moratorium) Act was enacted. This month NGOs celebrate the decision that is the culmination of a seven-year-long movement. 

My Fellow Belizeans,

As you may have been aware by now, the Government of the United States has for the calendar year 2018, removed Belize from the list of countries whose citizens are able to receive H-2A and H-2B visas. 

In 2016, some 299 Belizeans were granted these visas.

According to the US Government this was a result of Belize's Tier 3 ranking in regard to human trafficking. Over the last few months, Belize has undertaken to improve the way it deals with cases of alleged human trafficking. These efforts include but are not limited to, an assigned police unit for  human trafficking cases , a special Supreme Court Judge, a special magistrate, special personnel in the Attorney General's Ministry and a special prosecutor. Additionally, there has been training of security forces and education campaigns. While Belize's arrest and conviction rate in regard to human trafficking mirrors other countries who have been given a better ranking, Belize remained on tier 3 at the last review.

The efforts mentioned above are expected to make Belize much better at dealing with cases of alleged human trafficking and at the same time reasonably anticipate an improved result at the end of the upcoming review.

We will keep you abreast of any news in this regard.

On another note, please find two news stories, one in regard to an improved ranking of the Belize Passport, and another on the strides the country is making in regard to environmental protection.

Belize bans oil activity to protect its barrier reef:

Global ranking of Belizean passport improves:

Best regards,

H.E. F. Daniel Gutierez 
Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America &
Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States  
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Landmark Beauty of The Month
Let us preserve and protect our historical landmarks!

Belize City Lighthouse

Belize has been awarded an Investment Award for Hotels owing to several hotel developments, including Hilton's Mahogany Bay hotel, which cost between $50m and $65m, creating about 430 jobs.


"Good-looking and good-luck no always waak di same road."
English Translation: "Good looks and good luck don't always walk together."
Meaning: A person can be good-looking and yet unlucky.

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Recipe of the Month
Belizean Rum Cake 
1 package yellow cake mix
3oz.  vanilla instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup Belizean Rum
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup butter


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place nuts on the bottom of a well greased and floured bundt pan. Mixed remaining  ingredients until fluffy, pour batter in bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
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The Consulate of Belize in Florida 

1600 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Suite #904
Coral Gables FL 33134
T: (305) 755-0276  |  F: (305) 755-0277