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#390393 - 10/20/10 09:07 AM PM Dean Barrow on Official Visit to Mexico
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    Today, October 19, 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, accompanied by his wife Margarita Zavala, led the official welcoming ceremony for the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean O. Barrow, who is on an official visit in Mexico. The event was held at the Explanada Francisco I. Madero de la Residencia Oficial de Los Pinos. As part of the activities in the framework of the official visit, both leaders will address the media from the steps of the residence Miguel German. (Information and pictures provided by the Embassy of Mexico to Belize Press Office)

#390394 - 10/20/10 09:09 AM Re: PM Dean Barrow on Official Visit to Mexico [Re: Marty]
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Mexico - Belize Hails President Calderón's Leadership

Prime Minister of Belize, Dean O. Barrow, hailed President Felipe Calderón's leadership in Federal Government’s fight to restore safety in the country.

“In the context of security, I must take advantage of this opportunity to congratulate Mexico, under President Calderón's leadership, on the tireless battle it has fought, at such a great human and material cost, against the drug trafficking cartels.

Mr. President, you have become a sort of force of nature in your campaign to provide security for all Mexicans. You are undoubtedly an inspiration for our region and the world," he said.

At the Esplanade of the Monument to Francisco I. Madero, at Los Pinos, President Felipe Calderón welcomed the Prime Minister of Belize, currently on an official visit to Mexico.

“On the question of our border, the modern era has exacerbated the problems caused by the illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons and human beings. But it is precisely neighborliness, which I referred to, that has enabled us to develop solid schemes to combat trans-border crime," he said.

For his part, the Mexican president, accompanied by his wife, Margarita Zavala, confirmed the friendship linking Mexico and Belize, and highlighted the reinforcement of the strategic relationship they have built over the years.

"On the basis of neighborliness, marked by collaboration and understanding, we have consolidated a relationship full of economic and social opportunities.

In addition to friendship and cooperation, in recent years, we are strengthened our economic exchange. In the last decade alone, bilateral trade doubled from USD 52 to USD 104 million USD in 2009,” he said.

President Calderón said that Mexico operates on the premise that the development of Mesoamerican peoples must be shared development. As a result, Mexico promotes the integration and transformation of the region, through works that modernize road, electricity and telecommunications links between the two countries.

“Mexico was, I am proud to say, the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Belize, immediately after the declaration of its Independence on 21 September 1981.

Nowadays, just as it did 29 years ago, Belize knows that it has the friendship and support of Mexicans to build a future of well-being and prosperity together for the benefit of our peoples,” he said.


#390397 - 10/20/10 09:23 AM Re: PM Dean Barrow on Official Visit to Mexico [Re: Marty]
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PM Barrow in Mexico

Prime Minister Dean Barrow is on an official visit to Mexico. The government of Belize has not provided any details of his trip - but the Mexican government has posted video and photographs on their website.

We got this from the official welcome by President Felipe Calderon:….

President Felipe Calderon
"It is an honor for me to receive the Prime Minister of a country which is so close in geography as well as in the affection of all Mexicans. Your visit is of the highest significance for us because it coincides with the year in which we celebrate the bi-centennial of our Independence and the centennial of the Mexican revolution. Your presence in Mexico constitutes a great opportunity to ratify the very affection of friendship that unites our people and to strengthen strategic relationship we have built."

"Aside from friendship and cooperation in recent years we have strengthen our economic exchanges. Only this last decade bilateral trade double from 52 to 104 million dollars in 2009."

"I am sure that the talks we will be holding through this visit shall give a new projection to our 2 countries trade and investments thus, we have undertaking works to modernizing the roads, electric and telecommunications connection between our nations. Mr. Prime Minister and I say this with great pride that Mexico was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Belize immediately after the proclamation of its Independence on September 21st, 1981. Belize knows it has the friendship and support of all Mexicans to jointly build a future of wellbeing and prosperity for the benefit of our people."

The delegation includes Education Minister Patrick Faber, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, Sir Manuel Esquivel, CEO in the Ministry of Finance Audrey Wallace and other senior government officials.

PM Vehicle “Wet”

And while the Prime Minister is in Mexico - his Toyota Land Cruiser reportedly took a dip near his home yesterday morning around 9:00. Reports say the vehicle was in the sea - but we stress we could not confirm that and saw no indication of it along the waterfront.

We do know that when our team arrived on the scene the vehicle was dripping with water from all over and damage to the front and back fender, specifically scratch marks could be seen. As soon as we showed up his driver John Wilthsire sped off. And while he left us in the dust, a tell tale wet spot was left on the street..

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#390574 - 10/21/10 08:58 PM Re: PM Dean Barrow on Official Visit to Mexico [Re: Marty]
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Prime Minister’s Visit to Mexico Achieves Major Progress in Bilateral Cooperation, Assistance and Development

-Press Release - GOB, Belmopan- 21st October, 2010-Major progress has been achieved in vital areas of cooperation, assistance and development as a result of the official visit to Mexico earlier this week by Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and a ministerial/technical delegation which left Belize on Sunday October 17 and returned home on Tuesday October 19th 2010.
A total of FIVE bilateral agreements and documents were signed by the two countries. Signed by Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Youth was an agreement for Technical Cooperation to support Quality and Competitiveness in Technical Education and Training. Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Wilfred Elrington signed three documents. One is an exchange of letters for the exemption of Mexican visas for holders of Belize Diplomatic Passports to include Official Passports, another is a memorandum of understanding between the foreign ministries of both countries regarding Cooperation to support National Communities abroad, and the third is a Cooperation Agreement between the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Rights and the Belize Intellectual Property Office.
Also during the visit, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexis Rosado signed the Final Act of the VI Session of the Bi-national Commission held on September 30 and October 1st, 2010, which covers a wide range of areas for cooperation, assistance and development.
During bilateral meetings held on Tuesday between the delegations headed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow and President Felipe Calderon, further cooperation and assistance was discussed in a number of areas such as Regional Security, Energy, Infrastructure, Housing, Education, Trade and Investment, Tourism, Sports and Climate Change.
Another substantive achievement coming out of the Prime Minister’s visit was an agreement with representatives of COMCE for a team of Mexican business people to visit Belize in February of next year to explore possible areas of trade and investment and to help develop the framework for a partial scope agreement between Belize and Mexico. The agreement was reached during a breakfast meeting that the Prime Minister and his delegation held with members of the business community in Mexico City.
The Prime Minister’s delegation to Mexico City included Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber, Senior Advisor and former Prime Minister Dr. Manuel Esquivel, CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister Audrey Wallace, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexis Rosado, CEO in the Ministry of Works Cadet Henderson, and CEO in the Ministry of Housing Lawrence Sylvester.
The Prime Minister and his delegation were accompanied during the entire visit by Mexico’s Ambassador in Belize H.E. Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno and Belize’s Ambassador in Mexico H.E. Rosendo Antonio Urbina. (ends)

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