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Bilateral Relations

Belize - formerly British Honduras - is the only English-speaking country in Central America and a member of the Commonwealth. It is a small country with a diversified population of around 370,000 only and is located on the Caribbean Sea with Mexico in the north and Guatemala on the west. Belize gained independence on 21 September 1981. 

India and Belize have traditionally enjoyed the best of friendly and cooperative relations, based on our shared values, our mutual regard for one another and the broadest possible understanding on diverse issues, including in the international fora. Both countries are democracies, committed to the welfare of our respective peoples and to the furtherance of global peace security and development. We are inheritors of rich cultural legacies and traditions. 

We are both members of the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth. India is keen to share its expertise in the areas of SMEs, IT & Communication, and Science & Technology with Belize and assures the friendly people of Belize of its commitment to continuing and expanding bilateral cooperation for capacity-building across a broad range of sectors.

Political

Notwithstanding the distance, India and Belize enjoy friendly, warm, and cordial relations. Belize traditionally supports India on most issues, in the UN and other multilateral fora, and vice versa. India has extended cooperation to Belize as disaster relief and for development, which in recent years has been by way of gift of Bajaj 3-wheelers, medicines, cricket sets, and currently offers of a line of credit of US$10 million and of an IT centre. In addition, several Belizean proposals for Indian cooperation are under mutual consultation process. India also provides 12 training slots annually to Belize under the ITEC Programme, and a couple of ICCR scholarships.

Belize as a member of SICA (System of Integration in Central America) has yet another forum for a regular dialogue with India, for strengthening and expanding relations between India, and Belize and other Central American countries. The Dialogue covers cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including UN reform, anti-terrorism, climate change, nuclear disarmament, food and energy security, trade promotion, and disaster management.

Bilateral visits at political and senior levels help promote these ties:

•  Mr.Philip Zuniga, President, Senate, attended a Parliamentary Conference in Delhi in September 2007

• Shri Sujan Chakraborty, MP, visited Belize for a Commonwealth Parliamentary study on environment, in February/March 2007

• Mr. John Birchman Saldivar, Minister for Sports and Governance, visited India for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, in October 2010.

• Shri. Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development, visited Belize for the Board Meeting of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum in May 2012.

•  Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs visited Belize on a bilateral mission on 14-16 May, 2018. He met with the Governor General and Prime Minister of Belize amongst other dignitaries.

The Indian Embassy in Mexico is also India’s non-resident High Commission to Belize. Leading business personalities represent each other in the two capitals as Hony.Consuls General.

Economic & Commercial

Bilateral trade is understandably limited, ranging in recent years up to about US$ 15-25 million. In 2017, total trade was US$ 13.99 million with exports from India totalling US$ 12.49 million USD and imports from Belize of US$ 1.5 million. Indian exports were mainly textiles, organic chemicals, pharmaceuticals & auto parts, and imports were mainly miscellaneous chemical products. Certain sectors of the Belizean economy such as tourism, fishery and food processing offer good potential for Indian investors. The pharmaceuticals sector may also be of interest to Indian companies based in Latin America to expand their distribution network to Belize.

Cultural

ICCR’s cultural troupes, though quite few and far apart, are popular, among both Indian and other communities in Belize. Last visit in August 2017 was made by the 11-member Kathak Dance troupe led by Hemanta Kalita in Belize City and Corozal sponsored by ministry of Culture. The celebration in Belize City was graced by the presence of Governor General Sir Colville Young. 

The Directorate of Film Festival, for the first time, participated in the 10th edition of Belize International Film Festival held in July 2015 with entry of a short feature film. 

The First, Second and the Third International Days of Yoga were organized in Belize City and other prominent towns with Yoga performances and related activities. In 2017, Yoga performances were organised in 5 different locations in Belize.

Indian Community

Belize has over 500 strong Indian business community, mainly Sindhis, that migrated there from India in the recent decades, and constitute a valuable link between Belize and India. Together with dependants, the community is about is about 1500 individuals of which roughly 200 are NRIs and rest PIOs. 

There is also an “East Indian” community, about 7,000-8,000 strong, that migrated to Belize from the Caribbean over a period of time beginning 150 years ago, who are totally assimilated with the local society, but have evinced interest to re-discover their lost Indian roots, through various Indian cultural programmes and activities. There are two community organisations, viz., the Belize Indian Merchants Association (BIMA) based in the Corozal Free Trade Zone and the Belize Indian Community (BIC) based in Belize City. Both have their own temples which act as community centres for the larger cultural needs of the community. 

‘The Corozal Organisation of East Indian Cultural Heritage’ & ‘The East Indian Council of Belize’ organized the ‘First Indian Diaspora Conference’ in Belize in August 2014 with support from the National Institute of Culture and History, Govt. of Belize. The event had big participation including from other countries in the whole Caribbean region.

Diplomatic Representation

The Indian Embassy in Mexico is also India’s non-resident High Commission to Belize. Shri Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi, currently Ambassador of India to Mexico is concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to Belize. India and Belize are also represented by their Hon. Consul Generals in the two capitals.

Belize Visa

Indian nationals require Belizean visa to visit the country. 

The following may be contacted for visa for Belize.

Honorary Consul General of Belize in India

The Honorary Consul General of Belize in India is Mr.Umesh K.Modi, a noted Indian industrialist, resident in New Delhi. His contact particulars are:

Mr.Umesh K.Modi

Chairman, President & CEO
Modi Group of Industries
1400, Modi Tower
98, Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019
Tel: (00 91 11) 2628 6589, 2648 3594
Fax: (00 91 11) 2644 9030, 2645 1659
Email: ukmodi@modigroup.com

Honorary Consul General of India

Mr.Arun Hotchandani, a noted businessman of Belize and a person of Indian origin, is India’s Honorary Consul General in Belize. His contact particulars are:

Mr.Arun Hotchandani

Honorary Consul General of India in Belize
14 Albert Street
Belize City
Tel: (00 501) 227 1634, 423 7560
Mob: (00 501) 610 5564
Fax: (00 501) 227 1221, 423 7078
Email: indconsul.belize@yahoo.com
Residence: 4633 Seashore Drive, University Heights, Belize City, Belize.
Tel: (00 501) 223 0634.


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