|Councilor Ico expressed that it was quite an honor to have had the opportunity to participate in this very important occasion.
|The Belize delegation, including SP Councilor Pablo Ico, in Cuba. |
The 12th Session of the Belize/Cuba Mixed Commisssion was held in Havana, Cuba on October 22nd and 23rd. The Belize delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Wilfred Elrington, along with other government representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Education, and Agriculture as well as members of the Mayor’s Association. Representing the San Pedro Town Council was Councilor Pablo Ico.
The Belizean delegation met with counterparts in Havana to identify and develop new areas of cooperation which will be mutually beneficial to both countries. Ongoing projects and collaboration were strengthened while proposals, for further mutual benefit, include technical cooperation projects in education, health, foreign affairs, agriculture, forensics, disaster management and culture, were discussed. Presently there are approximately 250 Belizean students pursuing academic studies in various parts of the island in a wide number of disciplines and Ministry of Education officials took the opportunity to meet with the Belizean students.
The two countries have been collaborating on bilateral cooperation projects since 1999 starting with the Cuban Medical Brigade assistance in the Public Health Care System of Belize and the Medical Scholarship Program. The Belize government provides ten scholarships annually for Cubans to study English as a second language at the Regional Language centre in Belmopan.
Councilor Ico expressed that it was quite an honor to have had the opportunity to participate in this very important occasion. “The ties between Cuba and Belize have definitely been strengthened and San Pedro is expected to benefit. Through the various proposals on the table, Belize as a whole should benefit from the relationship between Cuba and Belize.”