meet in regard
to the new internationl bridge mexico-belize

Belmopan, 29 of May of 2009.-The Embassy of Mexico informs that 28 May, officials of Mexico and Belize met in Chetumal, in order to coordinate actions of both governments for the construction of the border facilities and traffic infrastructure of both sides of the new Rio Hondo International Bridge at the border.
At the meeting, the representative of the National Institute for Survey and Government Assets (INDAABIN) presented to Belizean officials a complete Project of the Border access “Chac-Temal”, located at the foot of the new international Bridge, which includes the offices for Mexican customs, National Institute of Immigration (INM), the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA-SENASICA), the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), the Federal Police, the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), and the International Regional Organism of Agriculture Health (OIRSA). On behalf of Belize, International Environments Limited made a presentation of a complete project for the flow of persons into Belizean territory, as well as the renovation of the existing facilities of Customs, Immigration and the Border Management Agency at Santa Elena, Corozal District, and the 1 mile connecting stretch of road within Belizean territory that was constructed and donated by the Government of Mexico to Belize.
The Mexican and Belizean delegations coincided that the present international bridge will be used only by private vehicles and people visiting the Corozal Free Zone. The new international bridge will be used by private vehicles as well as commercial cargo transport and tourist vehicles.
The meeting, held at the offices of the Ministry of Communications and Transport in Chetumal, was carried out as a follow-up to the agreements reached at the 3rd Mexico-Belize Border Coordination Meeting held on 24 April. Present at the meeting for Mexico were officials of the SCT, Federal Police and from INDAABIN, as well as representatives of the Embassy of Mexico to Belize. For Belize, there were officials of the Ministries of Works and Transport, Communications and Management of National Emergencies, the Departments of Immigration and Customs, Border Management, as well as consultants of International Environments Limited.