imagesGovernment has concluded several European Union funded project and this week head of the delegation for the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Paola Amadei is in the country to visit these projects as see their inauguration. On the nineteenth she attended the inauguration of the Benque Viejo del Carmen market and today attended a similar ceremony at the Belmopan market. Both projects were completed under the Belize Rural Development Program, BRDP. Also under the BRDP, officials broke ground today for the construction of a Metrological Laboratory at the Belize Bureau of Standards. The laboratory which is being developed with a budget of BZ$2.35 million will be key in ensuring that the measuring standards used in the country's commercial trade meets the official international standards. Other projects to be inaugurated this week include three craft markets rehabilitated on the archaeological sites of Nim Li Punit, Labantuun and Blue Creek and also the official opening of the San Lazaro to August Pine Ridge road which was rehabilitated under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar.

Ambassador Amadei will also use the occasion to promote 2015 as the European Year of Development under the slogan "Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future". In 2014, Belize received the largest disbursement in its development cooperation with the EU to date. This is in the sum of more than €14.35 million or BZ$36.15 million was handed over to support programs in agriculture, poverty reduction, infrastructure, education and human rights. Ambassador Amadei will be in the country from the 19th to the 23rd of January

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