The citizens of Belize today celebrated their 30th anniversary of independence.
Belize is said to be culturally unique among its Central American neighbours. It is the only nation in the region with a British colonial heritage. It also shares a common heritage with the Caribbean portions of other Central American countries with strong ties to both the Caribbean and Latin America, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Belize.
“This is an opportunity to honor your country’s robust democracy, vibrant diversity and rich culture. The United States is committed to cooperating with you on some of the most important regional and global challenges we face.” – Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton underscored that the United States is looking forward to strengthening its partnership with the Government of Belize in its efforts to improve citizen safety and security under the Central America Security Partnership. She cited that through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States will continue to support initiatives that increase the reach and effectiveness of health and education services for all Belizeans.
“As people from all over Belize gather together to enjoy the September festivities – including this year’s Prime Ministers Forum – know that the United States is a partner and friend. Congratulations and best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity.” -Ms. Clinton
Belize has a small and essentially private enterprise economy. Its economy is based primarily on agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandising.