The Republic of China (Taiwan) today, April 9, added to its March 25 contribution BZ an additional $ 2 million to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Belize. It will be used to obtain your urgently needed supplies such as personal protective equipment, medical equipment, test kits and laboratory supplies for frontline medical service providers nationwide.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and S.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwan ambassador to Belize, chose to set the example by meeting virtually to accept this important donation.

Taiwan obtained funds for the "Regional Emergency Fund against the COVID-19 pandemic" under the Engel Framework Agreement the Central American Integration System

(SICA) and Taiwan. Prime Minister Barrow congratulated and thanked Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for his concern for the region and Belize in particular.

SICA Secretary-General S.E. Vinicio Cerezo, also thanked the Government of Taiwan in a pre-recorded message for providing this emergency funding to SICA member States and reiterated the Organization's firm commitment to helping Belize and other Central American countries through of regional cooperation against deadly virus.

Taiwan has shown the world its success and strength in limiting the impact of COVID-19 on its country. The Government of Belize commends the success and appreciates Taiwan's continued solidarity and support. In recognition of its efforts to stop the pandemic at home and abroad, Belize continues to advocate for Taiwan's inclusion and participation in the World Health Organization and its annual World Health Assembly, especially as countries improve the responses to COVID-19 and global public health planning.

Belize and Taiwan share more than 30 years of friendly relations and solid diplomatic ties.