Ministry of the Blue Economy Convenes First Blue Economy Cluster Session
In accordance with its 100-day plan, the Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, under the leadership of Hon. Andre Perez, convened its first Blue Economy Cluster session.
The Blue Economy Cluster is a multisectoral advisory body to the Ministry of Blue Economy as it seeks to forge its vision and mission over the next five years. The group is chaired by Ms. Kennedy Carrillo, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, and is charged with articulating the Ministry’s vision and identifying key partnerships and resources to support the formulation of a five-year strategic plan. At its core, the Blue Economy seeks to support the sustainable use and development of Belize’s ocean space, while minimizing ecosystem degradation and enriching the socio-economic benefits for the country and its people.
One of the key principles of the new Ministry is inclusion of all key partners including governmental, non-governmental, private sector and communities engaged in ocean-based economic and conservation activities.
The interim members of the Blue Economy Cluster include:
Ms. Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator, Fisheries Department
Mr. Valdemar Andrade, Executive Director, Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association
Ms. Nadia Bood, Senior Program Officer, Marine Science and Climate Change, World Wildlife Fund Mesoamerica
Ms. Lisa Carne, Executive Director/Founder, Fragments of Hope
Dr. Kenrick Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Sustainable Development
Nicole Solano, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Tourism
Ms. Emilie Gomez, Blue Economy Consultant
Mr. Wilbur Dubon, Blue Economy Consultant
Ms. Chantalle Samuels, Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute
Mr. Robert Usher, Manager, Northern Fishermen Cooperative Association
Mr. Troy Gabb/Mr. Mike Feinstein – Feinstein Catch Seafood Ltd.
CEO Carrillo also took the opportunity to meet with the executive staff members at the Fisheries Department and Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, two entities that are at the core of the new and innovative Blue Economy model for Belize. CEO Carrillo also had the opportunity to tour the present buildings and offices within that compound.
CEO Carrillo said, “We are excited to discover that important components of the Blue Economy are already being successfully implemented in our country. It will be our Ministry’s responsibility to harness all of these under one robust and innovative five-year strategic plan with the overall goal of taking advantage of the economic opportunities provided by our oceanic resources while ensuring that this is done in an environmentally responsible and friendly manner.”