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Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai anticipates “great expectations for better trade” from State Visit to Mexico by Prime Minister John Briceño

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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2021. 9:13 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, is anticipating that wider trade with Mexico, particularly in the agricultural field, will result from this week’s Mexico State Visit by Prime Minister John Briceño.

In an exclusive interview with Breaking Belize News (BBN), Minister Mai, who is accompanying the Prime Minister, said “We have great expectations for better trade to result from these meetings”.

Apart from Minister Mai, Prime Minister Briceño is accompanied by his wife Rossana, Special Envoy for Families and Children, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Belize delegation left Belize today and is already in Mexico City for a series of meetings this week including a meeting Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the historic Celebration of the Entrance to Mexico City of the Army of the Three Guarantees that marked the consummation of the Independence of Mexico on September 27, 1821.

“The Prime Minister will hold discussions on a partial scope trade agreement with Mexico,” said a press release from the Government of Belize Press Office. “Other discussions will focus on areas of education, infrastructure, agriculture, arts and culture.”

Minister Mai has been pushing for wider trade with Mexico, particularly a partial scope trade agreement which he already discussed with Mexican Agriculture Secretary Dr. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula in Chetumal in July when they held bilateral talks on trade and agriculture.

Mai again flew to Mexico in late August during which he visited coconut and soursop plantations in Colima at the invitation of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and explored marketing opportunities for Belizean investors.

Minister Mai has been the driving force behind the Belize cattle exports to Mexico which also led him and a Belize delegation to the SuKarne company headquarters in Michoacán during that August visit. SuKarne is the Mexican company that has been buying cattle from the Belize Livestock Producers Association farmers.

Before that visit, on August 11 he travelled to Xul-ha in Quintana Roo to pitahaya (dragon fruit) farms for his staff at MAFSE and Belizean producers to see the pitahaya production process in the hopes of Belize undertaking wider production of the fruit which he says has good promise here.

The Belize delegation is expected to return to Belize on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Francis Fonseca, is acting as Prime Minister during the Prime Minister’s absence.

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