Germany and Belize: Bilateral relations

14.03.2022 - Article

The Federal Republic of Germany staunchly supported Belize’s right to self-determination in the United Nations (UN) and recognised it as an independent state on 21 September 1981, the first country to do so after the UK. Bilateral relations are amicable and untroubled. Belize frequently supports German interests in the UN.

Trade between Belize and Germany was worth approximately 5.1 million euro in 2020, reflecting the major economic slump in Belize (GDP has fallen by 14%).

Belize is a partner of German development cooperation in the context of regional projects supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The focus here is on the environmental sector. The protection of coastlines and marine resources as well as the Selva Maya, the second-largest expanse of forest on the American continent (Belize, Guatemala and Mexico), are among the measures that are being supported. Moreover, Belize benefits from regional projects agreed with the Central American Integration System (SICA) in the energy and good financial governance sectors.

A group of Mennonites of German origin immigrated to Belize in the 1950s via Canada and Mexico. Originally numbering 3500 but now approximately 10,000 strong, they speak an old German dialect but are not German citizens. They play practically no part in the country’s political life but are highly successful in agriculture, in the artisanal trades and in small-scale industry. 


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