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Caricom-Mexico Summit - 10/25/17 10:23 AM

Caricom-Mexico Summit Nears

Tonight, Government officials are making their final preparations for the 4th CARICOM-Mexico Summit.

It is being hosted in Belize tomorrow, and representatives from Governments all across the Caribbean will be coming. It will also allow for Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto to make his first visit here.

A press release from the Government of Belize says that President Pena Nieto will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, prior to the opening of the Summit. The two Heads of Government will evaluate the Belize's current bilateral relations with Mexico, and their discussion will focus on the strengthening of cooperation in the areas of education, sports, maritime security, and economic and political cooperation. They will also consider other ways to strengthen the legal framework between Belize and Mexico.

Thereafter, they will attend the Summit, which should focus on topics such as the CARICOM-Mexico programme of technical cooperation, infrastructural development in the region, which is funded through the Mesoamerica Project, Agriculture, and Investment. Also on the Summit's agenda is cooperation in the multilateral fora which spans mutual areas of concern like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Non-Communicable diseases.

A government press release says that the relationship between Mexico and CARICOM dates back to July 30, 1974, when the CARICOM-Mexico Cooperation Agreement was signed. Mexico was the first country with which CARICOM developed a third country relationship. The last summit happened in Merida, Mexico in 2014.

Tomorrow's summit will be preceded by a meeting of all Foreign Ministers in attendance.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Caricom-Mexico Summit - 10/25/17 08:04 PM


President of Mexico Enrique Peņa Nieto arrives at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City for a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Caricom-Mexico Summit - 10/26/17 11:50 AM

Mexican Prez Pena Nieto In Belize for CARICOM Summit

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto left the country a short while ago on his presidential jet after his first visit to Belize. He arrived at 10:45 this morning, and left half an hour ago, so his trip It lasted less than eight hours. But the agenda was packed. And the highlite was the fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit, which was held this afternoon.

7News was there and Jules Vasquez has the story:...

Jules Vasquez Reporting
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had by far the biggest entourage of officials and security when he swept into the Biltmore Best Western this afternoon. He stopped to give greetings to hotel staff who were hovering in the dining room and then greeted host Prime Minister Dean Barrow upstairs with an "abrazo." Make no mistake, Pena Nieto was the centerpiece of this summit because he's one of the few leaders of a G20 nation willing to sit with CARICOM leaders - building on a relationship established back in 1974.

H.E. Irwin Larocque - Secretary General, CARICOM
"Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, summits such as these enable a dialogue between friends and strengthens our fraternal relationship. CARICOM and Mexico have enjoyed such a relationship for 44 years."

Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell - PM Grenada, Chairman of CARICOM
"Since then we've built a solid relationship in cultural, political and economic realms. Mexico has demonstrated its commitment to the sustainable development of our region by providing generous assistance in areas such as health, agriculture, education, and statistics."

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - PM, Belize
"Belize is honored to host this coming-together between Mexico, perhaps the greatest friend to which our country is bound by blood and history, and CARICOM, undoubtedly Belize's first family. Today, therefore, we have an opportunity to build upon the work of the three previous summits and on our mutual interest in the multiple areas of identical concern. We have an opportunity to build metaphorical if not literal bridges across the expanse of the Caribbean Sea. Disaster Management, Health, Education, Security, Energy, Technology, Trade, and Investment: these are the hardscrabble issues, the plinth and building blocks that we must tackle to drive progress and unshackle our societies within and across our borders."

Disaster reduction strategies for CARICOM dominated Peña Nieto's address as he committed 14 million dollars in assistance towards disaster mitigation:

Enrique Pena Nieto - President, Mexico
"14 million dollars for the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility through a reassignment of existing resources that were committed to the Caribbean Development Bank's Special Development Fund."

After the opening ceremony, the Summit got underway at about 3:30 - and lasted for about two hours.

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Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and President of the United Mexican States H.E. Enrique Pena Nieto at the IV CARICOM/Mexico Summit

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Re: Caricom-Mexico Summit - 10/27/17 10:52 AM

Pena Nieto Farewell

And finally tonight, we have a few words from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He addressed the media at the close of the fourth Belize - CARICOM summit - and sitting between two CARICOM leaders, Grenada's Keith Mitchell and Belize's Dean Barrow - he outlined the importance of the CARICOM region:..

Enrique Pena Nieto - President, Mexico
"...And also occasion to call upon the rest of the world to give greater attention to this region of the world -- the Caribbean region. This region that have had the opportunity to enjoy its beauty, whose primary economic activity centers on agriculture and also tourism and today requires greater visibility, greater attention above all."

Pena Nieto flew out immediately after that press conference. It was his first visit to Belize and he spent about 8 hours here.

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