New Building for Government Ministry courtesy Taiwan

Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been borrowing space at different Government headquarters, without having a building assigned solely for Foreign affairs duties. Recently it has been housing at the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan .

However that is all about to change as the Government is preparing to build a state of the art building, sponsored by the Taiwan Government, in a three plus acre parcel of land located behind the Governor Generals Office and the Ministry of Finance Office. Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin, and Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington broke ground at the site on Friday, marking the commencement of the project.

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vlcsnap-2014-12-16-09h47m32s241vlcsnap-2014-12-16-09h34m06s185David Lin – Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister

“I want to take this opportunity to convey my sincere gratitude and admiration to all the officials for the outstanding contributions they have made to their people, and to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between our two countries as well. 

Meanwhile, I’m confident that when completed, the new buiolding of the Foreign Ministry and the new working environment will help the remarkable team at the Foreign Ministry do even more towards advancing Belize’s national interest, promoting an international agenda that enhances the sustainable development of Belize, as well as deepening the friendship and cooperation between our two countries,”

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vlcsnap-2014-12-16-09h33m49s66vlcsnap-2014-12-16-09h34m35s252Wilfred Elrington – Belize Foreign Affairs Minister

“While our country has been blessed with three generations of able men and women, who have admirably served in our foreign service, it has never had a building dedicated to the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Happily, thanks to the generousity of the Government and the people of the Republic of China, Taiwan, that situation is about to change today, with our joint breaking of ground. 

It is my hope and expectation, that we would also have the presence of the distinguished Foreign Minister Lin at the inaugaration of our new headquarters building, which hopefully will not be later than the latter part of the upcoming year, or the early part of the following year.”     

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