France and Belize
Our interests in Belize are looked after by our embassy in El Salvador. Belize is represented by its ambassador in Brussels.
The Franco-British oil and gas company Perenco (and more specifically, its Guatemalan subsidiary) has acquired one of the 17 concessions granted by the government.
Following an agreement between France and Belize on the exchange of tax information, Belize was withdrawn from the French list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions in 2012.
France supports the development of Belize through the action of the European Union, to which it is one of the main contributors: as one of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Belize has received assistance from the European Development Fund (EDF) since 1982. Cooperation between the European Union and Belize has developed significantly in recent years, leading to an EU office being set up in Belmopan.
Under the 2014-2020 budget (11th EDF), €27 million is dedicated to three priority sectors: renewable energy sources, healthcare and public administration.
Belize also benefits from the French contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.