Posted: Saturday, October 4, 2014. 9:26 pm CST.
Saturday, October 4, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The eighth binational commission meeting between Belize and Mexico concluded on Friday after a marathon round of discussions between one of Mexico’s largest diplomatic delegations and their Belizean counterparts.
Agreements were signed for in the following matters:
1) Memorandum of understanding in tourism cooperation.
2) Letter of intent between Mexico and Belize to improve the security and cooperation programs at the maritime borders.
3) Memorandum of understanding to strengthen the Belize-Mexico High Level Border Security Group (GANSEF).
Among the main actions that were announced at the end of the Meeting, the following were highlighted:
• Creation of a Political and Multilateral Consultation Mechanism, through which both countries strengthen bilateral dialogue.
• The organization of a regional reflection forum on the Central American integration process.
• Strengthening regional integration of the Southeastern Region of Mexico with Belize.
• Progress in cooperation on water and sanitation.
• The formation of a technical group comprising Naval Authorities to monitor the Bilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security, training and professional education on hydrology, human security at sea, search and rescue, protection of marine ecosystems and operational capacity.
• Negotiation of a partial scope agreement and endorsement of the commitment to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding on land transportation of cargo, passengers and tourism.
• To include in the 2014-2016 educational and cultural cooperation program, different projects on technology, higher education, teacher training, teaching and learning of English and Spanish, copyright, cultural heritage, management and development of archaeological sites, promotion of culture, youth and sport.
• The Joint Commission for Scientific and Technical Cooperation signed the 2014-2016 Cooperation Program, which is expected to strengthen the agenda through a compact portfolio of projects reinforcing the strategic relationship.
• Review of the negotiation of a cooperation agreement for oncological medical care between the Ministry of Health of the Mexican State of Campeche and the Ministry of Health of Belize.
• To improve the application process for the Regional Visitors Card (border card) that the Mexican Government issues to Belizean nationals.
Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his counterpart from Mexico, Dr. Jose Antonio Meade, say the agreements are the start of a tighter working relationship that puts the two countries on an equal footing and provides opportunities for all.
This is Dr. Meade’s second visit to Belize and participating members of the delegation came from states bordering and nearest to Belize such as Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
The meeting is held every two years and further agreements will be signed in December.
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