(Tuesday, September 15, 2015)
San Pedro Town Council leads launch of CARILED-Phase II in Belize
San Pedro, Belize: On Friday September 11, 2015, the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) and the San Pedro Town Council formalized their relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement is part of CARILED’s Phase II approach through which additional municipalities across the region will benefit from Local Economic Development (LED) support. San Pedro is the first CARILED Phase II community in Belize and will benefit from guidance and support under this Government of Canada funded project. The Local Authority will aim to follow a participatory and inclusive LED approach which will strengthen the local economy and encourage and facilitate business development. During the short ceremony, Mayor Daniel Guerrero of San Pedro also introduced the newly appointed Local Economic Development Officer (LEDO) for San Pedro Town, Jorge Aldana, who will coordinate LED activities in the community.
The signing ceremony which was held at the San Pedro Town Hall, was attended by Mayor Daniel Guerrero; National CARILED Coordinator, Leidi Urbina; Director of Local Government, Eugene Palacio; LEDO, Jorge Aldana; Town Administrator, Patricia Tillett; and elected officials of the municipality. Belize is the first country to launch Phase II under the CARILED program.
CARILED is funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada (DFATD). It is a six year program implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA), the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). The program, focused on local economic development, currently works in seven Caribbean countries to develop models of LED that can be shared throughout the region. It aims to partner with local government authorities to support the growth and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). For more information on CARILED, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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