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#430069 - 02/10/12 01:38 AM PREPARATORY MEETING OF IDB GOVERNORS HELD IN SPR
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Governors of Central America and executives of the Inter American
Development Bank are in San Pedro Town for the inauguration of the 26th
meeting of governors in the region.

Maria Novelo reporting…
“The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is holding its 26th annual
meeting of the Central American Governors in San Pedro Town to discuss the
developmental challenges faced by Central American countries and the
Dominican Republic. President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno announced
today that IDB will play a role in confronting those issues including
citizen security and combating crime.

Luis Alberto Moreno –President, IDB
“One of the purpose is to have a deep dive into the challenges, the needs
of this very important region whereby the way the Bank works a lot of time
and a very big effort. We will look today at not only what are the
challenges facing this region because of developments in the world economy
but we will spend time looking at specific issues which includes crime
which is a very important deterrent of development. We estimate that crime
alone is taking away 8% of GDP in terms of cost to the region. We will look
at questions of regional integration and things that we have been
supporting. We will look at other opportunities for growth like tourism
and some of the very important structural reforms that are still needed to
provide growth and soundness to the economies of this region.”

Also on the day’s agenda, Acting Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and President
Moreno signed a million dollar agreement for the implementation of the
first Salud Mesoamerican 2015 initiative project in Belize. The first of
three planned phases is expected to target more than thirty thousand
poverty stricken young women and children between zero to five years.
Moreno says that while Belize has made significant progress in providing
health services to its people, indicators such as life expectancy and
infant mortality has improved over the years and with the implementation of
the SM initiative, will result in a real impact to the most vulnerable
communities in Belize. With Belize considered a leader in Performance Based
Financing, both the Ministry of Health and the SM2015 initiative will join
efforts to reduce equity gaps to meet the millennium development goals in
the Mesoamerican region.

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#430098 - 02/10/12 02:26 PM Re: PREPARATORY MEETING OF IDB GOVERNORS HELD IN SPR [Re: Marty]
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Bank Governors from Central America and the Dominican Republic are on Ambergirs Caye for the 26th meeting of Governors ahead of the annual Bank Governors meeting scheduled to take place in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meeting was declared open by acting Prime Minister of Belize Gaspar Vega following an official statement by the President of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno. The two-day meeting started today, Thursday February 9th at the Coco Beach Resort, located north of San Pedro Town.

In his official statement, Moreno explained that the IDB is proud of its 20-year partnership with Belize in the social and economical development of the country. Moreno said that, “Belize faces today, important social and economical challenges, but also has enormous development potential. It’s expansive borders invites Belizeans to explore the endless opportunities for greater commerce with neighboring countries and is reminded of the need of cross-border cooperation in matters crucial to development.” He continued that “despite the vulnerability and uncertainty amidst a complex world they remain focused on the possibility of economic crisis, something that affects everyone. However, they also look forward with optimism, hopeful that with the agreement reached through dialogue they can lessen any financial impact should it happen.”

Click here for the rest of the story and more pictures in the San Pedro Sun!

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#430099 - 02/10/12 02:27 PM Re: PREPARATORY MEETING OF IDB GOVERNORS HELD IN SPR [Re: Marty]
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IDB Governors Meet In Belize

Thirty thousand young Belizean women and children are expected to benefit from the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 initiative, a project that aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality among the poor. It's an innovative public and private partnership that seeks to reduce health equity gaps in Mesoamerica among the poorest populations. Today in San Pedro, Acting Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega and the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno signed the 1.25 million dollar agreement during the 26TH meeting of IDB meeting of Governors of the Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic. Here's what they had to say about the effort.

Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB
"What bring us to this really innovative project we are very proud to be a part of. This project started with the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation of Carlos Slim and the Government of Spain - with a purpose of looking at health issues that in the case of Belize - will reach 30,000 young women of the ages between 0 and 5 years old. Increase about 10% each point in terms of children from 0 to 5 months who are feed exclusively with breast milk."

Gaspar Vega, Acting Prime Minister
"With the help of IDB, I am certain that we would be able to do better, not only economically, but also socially for the infrastructure of our entire culture of Belize to change to be one that will be looking for more prosperity. Not only from the government sector but also from the very small people, so that we can continue to cut down on our poverty and ensure that we give the best protection possible to the entire country."

While Belize has made some strides towards the Millennium Development Goals, health gaps persist especially in the poorest areas of the country.

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#430134 - 02/10/12 03:33 PM Re: PREPARATORY MEETING OF IDB GOVERNORS HELD IN SPR [Re: Marty]
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IDB governors meet in San Pedro


IDB meeting starts

Governors of Central America and executives of the Inter American Development Bank are in San Pedro Town for the inauguration of the 26th meeting of governors in the region. Love TV’s Maria Novelo reports.

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