Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 4:48 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto extends generous offer to PM Barrow and Belize.
Ahead of the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize City today, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow sat down for a private bilateral meeting between the heads of state, in which Nieto made several generous offers to the government and people of Belize.
Nieto and Barrow’s meeting was meant to further the discussion or friendly bilateral relations and cooperation in areas of mutual interest. To prove his country’s commitment to strengthening relations with Belize, President Nieto presented a full-size replica of an OLMEC Head to the Belizean public and government, which was installed at the inner circle of the North Ring roundabout in Belmopan.
Nieto also informed PM Barrow that Mexico will be supporting the opening of a secondary school in the Toledo district modeled after the Escuela Secundaria Tecnia Mexico in the Corozal disctrict. Additionally, he announced a three-year program supporting the provision of partial scholarships to 25 low-income students in Belize to attend Escuela Secundaria Tecnia Mexico.
The Mexican president wasn’t done yet, though, as he also agreed to continue cooperation in maritime security between the two nations by offering to support the construction of two large patrol boats, each measuring 30 meters (98.4 feet) for use by the Belize Coast Guard.
Nieto also agreed to conclude negotiations regarding the Partial Scope Trade Agreement with Belize by early 2018. The two leaders also pledged to continue cooperation in the areas of air and land transport and education. PM Barrow, at the conclusion of the meeting, conferred President Nieto with the Order of Belize.
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