Opportunities for Belize from India Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Indian Ambassador, H. E. Sujan ChinoyOn Thursday, December 6th, the new Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Sujan R. Chinoy presented his credentials to Governor General of Belize, Sir. Colville Young. Chinoy arrived in Mexico in August of this year and presented his credentials in that country in October. He was then invited to visit Belize to do the same.

The Guardian got the opportunity to speak to the new High Commissioner, who explained that India is looking at improving relations with Belize. He says that the Indian Government currently has a line of credit that is available for Belize of up to $10 million which can be used for economic infrastructure. He added that there are also projects that can be supported through grant aids of up to a million dollars. Areas that are looking to be supported are solar lighting, street lighting, traffic signal infrastructure, school buildings, community centers and others. The assistance he says would come bay way of either technical or financial grants.

H.E. Chinoy also expressed that there are opportunities where 11 all expenses paid scholarships are made available for training and they are underutilized. These opportunities are made available to young persons in Government departments in technical fields like auditing and accounting. He added that there are also cultural scholarships that are available.

India, said the High Commissioner, is looking at a greater partnership with Belize and he intends to promote this where, despite him being posted in Mexico, he will frequent Belize more to strengthen ties. He noted that in the region, Indian companies have somewhere in the region of 25 billion dollars invested and they are looking to expand in areas particularly in agriculture and agro-processing.

Other areas of aid to Belize can come through vocational training where students can either be taken to India for training or trainers can be brought to Belize. And the areas of assistance is also being expanded where in the near future, 50 computers will be donated to Belize and made available at St. John's College. A security advisor is also expected to arrive in the country in December to assist the Police Department.

While India has extended this great hand of friendship, H.E. Chinoy made it clear that the assistance is based on Belize's requirements.