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The Central American Bank for Economic Integration assesses the national security program

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2022. 10:12 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: A technical team from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) is visiting Belize to reassess the needs of agencies participating in the Belize Integral Security Program (BISP).

BISP was established to enhance citizen security through investments in infrastructure and equipment for the Belize Defense Force, Belize Police Department, Belize Coast Guard and National Forensic Science Service. . In 2015, Belize signed a loan agreement with CABEI to implement this BZ$60 million project over a three-year period.

The CABEI team will visit old and new sites for a technical reassessment of their needs; these include the main Belize Defense Force camps in San Ignacio, Belize City and Punta Gorda, the National Forensic Science Service, the Belize Police Training Academy, and Belize Coast Guard facilities. Belize. Depending on the level of modification of the infrastructure component of the program, Belize could benefit from an increased total contribution from CABEI.

The team is led by project manager Kerstin Morales and includes specialists in production infrastructure, supervision, procurement, credit analysis, environmental and social assessment, human development and social infrastructure. . During their mission, the CABEI delegation was joined by Dr. Osmond Martinez, Director General of the Ministry of Economic Development; Brigadier General (Retired) Dario Tapia, CEO of the Ministry of National Defense and Border Security; and Elvis Requena, project coordinator for the Belize Integral Security Program.


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