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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 10:27 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Infrastructure and Energy Sector Manager, José Agustín Aguerre visited Belize last week to meet with top government officials and discuss ways of improving transport infrastructure in an inclusive and sustainable way.

 

Aguerre was accompanied by IDB Country Representative, Cassandra T. Rogers and they met with officials from the Ministry of Finance and Natural Resources; the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce; and, the Ministry of Works during a two-day visit from September 4-5.

The IDB delegation along with officials of relevant ministries and the Belize City Council, visited project sites financed by the IDB, including the slated rehabilitation of the George Price Highway between miles 47.9 and 67.3, the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill, and the intervention areas of the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program in Belize City.

“The IDB and the Government are working together on a comprehensive plan to improve Belize’s transport infrastructure while making it resilient to climate change,” said  Aguerre. “This will boost the country’s competitiveness while improving the quality of life for Belizeans.”

Since 1996, the IDB has provided both financial and technical assistance and support in the transport sector to facilitate trade and integration, and access to tourist destinations.

Investments to date in this sector by the IDB totals approximately $116 Million.

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