House of Lords written question – answered at on 30 March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current aid projects to Belize; and what are the value of such projects.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

The UK supports a number of projects in Belize. Recent financial assistance has focused on the resolution of the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala. A total of £500,000 was allocated to this from the Government's conflict prevention pool during financial year 2008-2009 for projects in both Belize and Guatemala. Our High Commission in Belmopan has committed an additional £20,000 in financial year 2008-2009 to projects relating to climate change issues, human rights and intercultural exchange with Guatemala.

Further to bilateral funding, Belize also benefits from EU aid and financial support. Belize has been allocated €11.8 million from the European Development Fund for 2008-2013, focusing largely on rural development. During the period from 2006 to 2010, Belize, as a Sugar Protocol country, is expected to receive a total of €48.2 million from the EU in order to help improve the efficiency of cane production, processing and economic diversification. From 1999 to 2008, Belize has received a further €27.7 million to help modernise its banana production industry.

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