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U.S. Relationship

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Hair ties and necklaces for sale at a souvenir stand in Ambergris Key, Belize

U.S.-Belize Relations

The United States established diplomatic relations with Belize in 1981 following the country’s independence from Britain. Belize remains a committed partner on U.S. regional priorities, including security, prosperity and governance, democracy and human rights, migration management, and climate change. The largest Belizean community outside Belize, estimated at 160,000, resides in the United States. The United States and
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U.S. Assistance to Belize

The United States works closely with the Government of Belize to fight narcotics, human and other types of illicit trafficking, and transnational organized crime. The U.S. government seeks to strengthen citizen security and improve the government’s capacity to confront criminal organizations. U.S. programs continue assisting Belize to professionalize its police force, strengthen its justice sector, and improve its border
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Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is the leading trading partner and source of investment funds for Belize. Trade in goods between the United States and Belize totaled $644.09 million dollars in 2022. Tourism attracts the most foreign direct investment, although many U.S. companies also invest in the agriculture, agroforestry, and energy sectors. A Country Commercial Guide for Belize is available from
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Investment Climate Statements

The Investment Climate Statements analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses and provide information on the business climates.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

Belize COVID-19 vaccine deliveries.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since August, 2021 the United States has donated 232,950 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Belize. This includes 232,950 Pfizer doses. Of the 232,950 vaccine doses, 100% were donated through bilateral agreements.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

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