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Belize City, Belize, C.A.
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Welcome to the webpage of the Organization of American States’ Office in Belize. Our objective is to showcase the programs and activities contributing to national development. We trust that the site will promote a deeper understanding of OAS efforts in Belize. Our office was established in August 1995.
Our most outstanding activities and programs in Belize have been in support of the contribution to the strengthening of democratic institutions through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance that provide an opportunity for dissemination of information and that allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
Belize City, ITVET, Monday November 9, 2015
OAS Partners with Stakeholders to convene Train the Trainers Business Lab Workshop
The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Office in Belize City, collaborated with a group of high powered Stakeholders, namely, the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV), Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), to convene a Train the Trainers Business Lab workshop, that focused on Intellectual Property and Product Branding for Creative Industries.
The event, convened in Belize during the period November 9-13, 2015, brought together 25 participants from Belize with managerial and practical experience in the different aspects of small businesses. The workshop, among other things, was designed to provide potential trainers and mentors with tools to assist entrepreneurs with the business development support and guidance they need to have their businesses thrive. The business lab aspect of the workshop was geared towards helping to transform intellectual Entrepreneurial Assets (IEAs) into real business by offering technical skills and advice in business planning, marketing and branding.
Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, His Excellency, Ambassador Nester Mendez, was present to give the key note address at the Opening Ceremony. Also addressing the workshop participants was H.E. Oren Bar El, Ambassador of Israel in El Salvador and non-resident Ambassador to Belize. Mr. Starret D Greene, the OAS Representative in Belize, gave both the welcoming and closing remarks.
At the end of the course, participants, among other things, had acquired hands on experience that resulted in them having grasped the core principles for establishing and managing small-scale business enterprises and developed an understanding of the basic principles for incorporating intellectual property into their business models. They are also now positioned to analyze aspects of creating a corporate image and developing marketing strategies for reaching their target audience.
The Workshop was facilitated by Messrs Moshe Harel and Guillermo Levinton, lecturers at the Golda Meir mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC).
The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) was the main sponsor of the event. BELTRADIE also provided substantial support as well.
Belize City, OAS Belize Office, Monday November 9, 2015
OAS Assistant Secretary General H.E. Nestor Mendez Visits OAS Country Office in Belize
The Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, His Excellency, Ambassador Nester Mendez visited the OAS Country Office in Belize, on November 9, 2015. Ambassador Mendez received warm words of welcome on behalf of the Staff from the OAS Representative in Belize, Mr. Starret D Greene. Representative Greene also used the opportunity of the ASG’s presence to brief him on the programs, projects and activities being undertaken by the Office and the strategies and work program put in place to ensure the effective implementation of the Office’s mandate, consistent with the four (4) pillars of the OAS, namely Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and Integral Development. Staff members were both honored and excited to have had the ASG in their presence, and used the occasion to highlight some of the challenges associated with performing their daily tasks. They also pledged their continued commitment to keep flying the flag of the organization in Belize, with dignity and pride.
For his part, Assistant Secretary General Mendez thanked staff members for representing the OAS in Belize, and expressed his appreciation, on behalf of the General Secretariat, for their unwavering commitment towards ensuring that the organization’s presence and work in Belize were helping to make a positive difference in the lives of the country’s citizens. Ambassador Mendez also briefed the staff on the restructuring initiative of the OAS. He said that this new thrust was aimed at ensuring increased efficiencies in the organization’s operations. The ASG also emphasized the need to further streamline critical administrative processes and procedures within the OAS, and to employ proven management practices, consistent with a modern 21st century multilateral body. The Ambassador spoke of the need to strengthen the OAS Offices in the field so that they can better assist in advancing the strategic interests of the organization in the Hemisphere through promoting democracy, increasing security, defending human rights and supporting Integral Development.
The Assistant Secretary General’s visit to Belize was directly linked to the convening of a Regional Train the Trainers Business Lab Work Shop in Belize, sponsored by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), and supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The event was held during the period November 9-13, 2015, in Belize City.
The Organization of American States (OAS) working through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Belize to implement the Program “University of Belize: a Caribbean University Interdisciplinary and Integrated Drug Demand Reduction Proposal.” This two-year program (2013-2014), is a component of a wider regional CICAD-CARICOM project Caribbean Universities on Drug Phenomenon.
Its overall objective is to build knowledge base of faculty, staff and student in Drug Demand Reduction (DDR), including research to guide evidence based policy, decision making and Curriculum Development.
The SVP approach stresses the importance of community based, Flood Early Warning Systems, and the need for early involvement of all community members in vulnerability assessment, risk identification, observation and monitoring of floods, preparedness, communication and the delivery of the alert and response. The project builds upon the experiences from other small valley flood alert programs, while adapting to latest findings on CC and Climate Variability trends, and capitalizing on state of the art weather forecast systems.
The program seeks to strengthen national capacities to prevent and eliminate illicit firearms trafficking by training national authorities in proper stockpile management techniques; modernizing stockpile facilities and destroying obsolete and/or surplus firearms and ammunitions. It will also encourage participating countries to review existing firearms laws and legislation and ensure that they are in compliance with the provisions of CIFTA and other international agreements on firearms trafficking.
BC-PAN will contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions in Belize through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance. Will provide an avenue for dissemination of information and to allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
Civil Identity Program of the Americas (PUICA)
Modernization of the Civil Registry of Belize. OAS has partnered with UNICEF to provide Belize with a modernized civil registry, with the fucus on birth registrations. Belize has been found wanting a proper mechanism to effectively record the births, deaths and mariages of its citizens, update registration records as is necessary and finally in issuing of the registration certificates to its citizens.
Capacity Building Tourism and Certification Project
To foster the development of a professional and skilled workforce that will greatly contribute to the regions to cultivate a lucrative, competitive and sustainable industry.
Waste to Energy Initiative
To access the market potential for cellulosic ethanol in Belize through sustainable implementation of cellulosic ethanol technology utilizing agricultural and forest residues as primary biomass feedstock. A supplementary objective is to help member states identify, access and prepare Waste-to-Energy projects, including cellulosic ethanol projects in other Caribbean countries.
Jathropha Innovation Center for Community Adapted Technologies and Development in Belize
Description: The General purpose is to establish a Jathropha Innovation Centre to utilize Jathropha curcas L (JC) and its vegetable oil for community development; to generate income to rehabilitate degraded land and to reduce Green House Gas Emissions. Furthermore the project will generate information and education materials on how to manage commercial JC plantations including social economic scenarios about rural community’s participation.
Building Capacity of Disadvantage Communities in Belize for Income Generation and Job Creation
Empower disadvantage communities in Belize with the requisite education and skills necessary for increasing opportunities for income generation and capacity for self-sufficiency through the development of value chains. Also, enabling environment for sustainable livelihoods improved for women and at risk youth within Belize City and Stann Creek through education, training and value chain development.
Building Sustainable Community Enterprise Development Capacity for Poverty Alleviation Among Indigenous Communities in Southern Belize
Local Communities are benefiting from environmentally friendly value-added socio-economic programs, thereby enhancing the integrated landscape management of the Southern biological corridor.
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
All the documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund