Belize–India relations

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Belize–India relations are foreign relations between Belize and India. The countries maintain honorary consulates in each other's capital cities. Bilateral trade between Belize and India was worth US$26 million in 2012.

Diplomatic relations[edit]

Belize and India maintain warm diplomatic relations.[1][2] Belize has an honorary consulate in New Delhi, and India has an honorary consulate in Belize City, under the jurisdiction of its embassy in Mexico City.[1] Belize and India are both member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, and support each other on most issues on international fora.[1] Belize and India also engage in dialogue through the Central American Integration System (SICA) that the former is a member of, on issues such as anti-terrorism, climate change and food security.

Economic relations[edit]

Bilateral trade between Belize and India between April 2011 and March 2012 was worth US$26 million, up 83% from US$14 million in the previous year.[3] Belize imports textiles, organic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and machinery from India. India imports agricultural products from Belize.[1][4]

On 18 September 2013, Belize and India signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement in Belmopan.[5]

Cultural relations[edit]

Asian Indians in Belize constitute approximately four per cent of the population of Belize.[6] Cultural troupes from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations make visits to Belize.[5] India provides two ICCR scholarships and 11 training slots under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) each year to students and professionals from Belize.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "India-Belize Relations". Embassy of India, Mexico. 2013-08-27. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Honorary Consul of India". Ministry of External Affairs (India). Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ india.com/export-import/trade-statistics/countries-wise.aspx "India Export Import Trade Continental Statistics - 2012". Infodrive India. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ "India-Belize Relations". Indian Council of World Affairs. 2012-07-17. Archived from the original on 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  5. ^ a b c "India-Belize Relations". Ministry of External Affairs (India). 2014-01-17. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ "International conference on The Indian Diaspora in Belize and the wider Caribbean - call for papers". The Graduate Center, CUNY. 2013-11-23. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31.