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End of a successful project's phase, leading to the start of another

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

As a new project's phase is about to commence in October 2021, we would like to take a look back at the closing ceremony of the previous phase “Transformation to an Open Public Administration in Belize”.

The Trust for the Americas in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted in July 2021 the Closing Event of the Open Government project “Transformation to an Open Public Administration in Belize" at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.

Here is a recap video of the project and closing event:

In attendance were key collaborators and stakeholders including the OAS Office in Belize, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Youth, Sports, and E-Governance, the US Embassy in Belize, the Statistical Institute of Belize, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide), and Belize Peace Movement.

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OAS Representative in Belize Luiz Coimbra opening the Closing Event

In his opening remarks, OAS representative in Belize, Mr. Luiz Coimbra, highlighted what Open Government is about and how it fosters citizen participation, a key element to consolidate democracy while promoting transparency, and collaboration between government and citizens. Followed by this was a presentation of the Belize Open Government Action Plan (BOGAP) co-creation process given by the international expert and facilitator of the action plan for the country, as well as two authors of commitments from the civil society.

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Members of the E-Governance Unit with winners of the Caribbean hackathon © ARCH

Other key speakers at the event were the CEO of Economic Development, the CEO of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, and the regional program officer for the Americas at the Open Government Partnership. Towards the end of the event, Director of Beltraide and two-time judge of the virtual hackathon, Dr Leroy Almendarez, awarded the top 3 Belizean teams of the Byte the π: Caribbean Hackathon, who developed, during a 48-hour regional competition, a technology-focused solution that promotes post-COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Timeline: 2019–2021

Stakeholders involved:

OAS Office in Belize

The Trust for the Americas

US Embassy in Belize

Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry of Youth, Sports, and E-Governance

Statistical Institute of Belize

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide)

Belize Peace Movement.


About ARCH Consulting Group Ltd.:

ARCH Consulting Group is an international development & cooperation consulting firm providing services such as project management, program development, fieldwork and local coordination, research, strategy consultation, policy analysis and support, and monitoring and evaluation. We serve Latin America and the Caribbean and deliver services in English, Spanish, and French through our presence in Belize, Mexico, and the USA.

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