National Authorizing Office (NAO Belize)
- The Cotonou Agreement signed between the Government of Belize and the European Union stipulates that each African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) state must appoint a National Authorising Officer (NAO) to represent the state in all matters related to resources from the European Union. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Economic Development & Petroleum has been appointed by the Government of Belize as the NAO. The NAO Office is located on the ground floor of the Sir Edney Cain Building in the City of Belmopan.
The European Union Delegation to Belize is located in Kingston, Jamaica. It is responsible for representing, together with the Embassies and Consulates of the EU Member States, the European institutions in Belize. In an effort to constantly enhance the relationships with Belize and to better assist the country in the implementation of the EU development programmes with a permanent presence, the EU opened a satellite office of the Kingston Delegation in the City of Belmopan, Belize in March 2012.
- The Accompanying Measures for Sugar or AMS provides development assistance for the reduction of poverty and improvement in the standard of living of the population in Northern Belize commonly known as the “Sugar Belt”. Since 2008, the European Union has disbursed over BZ 170 million dollars in grant funding in support of the Sugar Industry. Major funding was provided for Sugar Roads Infrastructure Improvement, Economic Diversification and Competitiveness. Activities include among others:
- Rehabilitation and Upgrading of sugar feeder roads
- Credit Scheme for cane farmers
- A National Sanitary Cattle Sweep Programme
- Teacher Training & Certification Programs in Early Childhood & Secondary Education
- Pre-school Buildings Construction
- Rehabilitated and Upgraded Market facilities
- Integrated Pest & Disease Management
- Improved Drainage and Best Practices
- Institutional Strengthening of SIRDI
- Support to Small Business and other Diversification Projects
The Banana Accompanying Measures or BAM addresses the impacts of the removal of Belize’s preferential treatment in the sale of bananas to Europe; Belize’s main banana trading partner. The EU has thus provided over BZ 40 million dollars since 2008 to support the improvement of the banana program in Belize. The targeted areas are the Stann Creek and northern Toledo Districts. Activities include among others:
Rehabilitation and Upgrading of banana feeder roads
Rehabilitated and Improved Water Systems
Expansion and Upgrading of Health Facilities
Sanitation improvements at primary schools
Teacher Training and Certification in TVET
Support to the Banana Industry & Growers
The European Development Fund or EDF is the principal instrument for the EU’s development cooperation with ACP Countries worldwide. Belize has benefited from grant funds of BZ 93 million dollars under the 9th and 10th EDF. The 11th EDF, expected to come into effect in late 2018, will fund projects in the Health & Energy Sector.
The main areas to be addressed by the Health Programme are integrated health services based on primary health care, strengthening the organization and management of health services, and developing efficient, disaster resilient health infrastructure.
The main areas to be addressed by the Energy programme are improving access to sustainable energy in rural areas including renewable sources and enhancing the energy sector governance and institutional capacity.