The Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank has signed two loan contracts each in the amount of five million U-S dollars for the financing of projects. The monies will be used for the Community Action for Public Safety Programme or CAPS which is aimed at efforts that will reduce youth involvement in major violent crimes in Belize City. The CAPS Programme will focus on reducing youth involvement in criminal activities and youth violent behavior in schools which are beneficiaries of the program resources; reducing recidivism among youth in juvenile rehabilitation institutions which are beneficiaries of Program resources; and enhancing the government’s capacity to formulate and implement evidence-based policies on public safety. The second loan agreement is for the integrated water and sanitation programme for the Placencia Peninsula. This will provide and increase access to wastewater-treatment through the development of a new Sewage Collection, Treatment and Disposal System on the Placencia Peninsula. According to a government release, the Integrated Water and Sanitation Program consists of incorporating existing individual wastewater treatment facilities into a new collection, treatment and disposal system that best meets the needs of the Placencia Peninsula residents, as well as providing institutional strengthening and knowledge transfer through training sessions, public awareness campaigns and the establishment of benchmarks for the replication of additional wastewater investment projects in Belize. Both projects are expected to commence in the third quarter of this year. Prime Minister Dean Barrow signed on behalf of the Government of Belize while Caroline Clarke, IDB Representative in Belize signed on behalf of the IDB. The occasion was also used for signing a Technical Cooperation Agreement between the IDB and the Belize Water and Services, Ltd. in the sum of 500 thousand US dollars for the Detailed Design of a Wastewater Collection and Treatment System in Placencia. This non-reimbursable technical cooperation will support the loan agreement for the integrated wastewater programme in Placencia.