Newly Elected Mexican President Plans To Deepen Relations with Belize
Mexico was one of the first countries to give support to Belize in its quest for political independence. Following that Mexico was the second country to name an ambassador to Belize after Belize became independent. It’s a long friendly relationship that now the new Mexican president intends to expand. Arturo Cantun reports.
ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING
The relationships between both countries has been close even before Belize was recognized as a sovereign state but according to President Enrique Pena Nieto, there is more closeness needed in the already existing relation. Last Sunday his Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Antonio Meade paid a quick visit to Belize. Today we spoke with Mexican undersecretary for Latina America and the Caribbean Vanessa Rubio.
“If Belize is prosperous, if Belize grows, if Belize has a better prospect for the future then that is always something that will be a positive impact to Mexico.”
“Undersecretary Rubio explained there is a need for a more intense relation between both countries especially when it comes to economy. “
“We have a very good relationship but we need to have a more intense one and that is where the accent will be placed upon. We want more trade, we want more investments, we want more joint projects, we want to be more involved, we want to have a great deal of cooperation; more resources is going to be channeled through the infrastructure fund for Central America and the Caribbean; Belize is going to be one of the highest recipients of the scholarships that Mexico is going to be offering in the coming years.”
“During Mexican’s Foreign Minister Meade’s visit last Sunday, he along with Belizean Foreign Minister Elrington agreed on a common bilateral agenda to work on. Discussions were also held about cooperation in the area of health service and talks about the expansion of education assistance. Rubio said both countries have a particular interest in strengthening the relation as they both recognize the economic benefit it can have on both side of the Hondo River. Belize and Mexico also discussed Mexico’s participation in the region with particular interest in the Caribbean sub region using Belize as the bridge.”