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Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2022. 2:06 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In bilateral negotiations conducted on Saturday between their countries, the President of the United Mexican States (the official name of Mexico), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Prime Minister of Belize Juan Antonio Briceño concluded multiple agreements designed to benefit exchanges between both countries on various issues.

The official joint communique refers to nine such decisions. First, a letter of intent was signed by the respective leaders of the countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico and Senator Eamon Courtenay of Belize, to implement the “Sowing Life” project to benefit rural producers with a view to benefiting rural producers with training and implementation of agro-silvo-pastoral production systems, thereby contributing to food security and job creation.

In the area of education, there will be further development of the “Escuela Mexico” program to support three colleges of technical and vocational education, joining the already established school in San Roman, Corozal District, which covers secondary and Associate-level tertiary education.

Infrastructure and transport between the countries will see a greater exchange, including exploring the feasibility of linking the “Maya Train” of southeastern Mexico with Belize; negotiating the Air Transport Agreement in an effort to promote tourism and economic flows as well as strategic infrastructure for the development of the tourism sector; and uniting with fellow Latin American and Caribbean countries in creating a regional organization coordinating opportunities in space, known as the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (CEFTA).

The leaders have instructed their respective authorities in economic and trade matters to work to increase commercial exchange between the two countries and endorse an instrument to that end. Also, they have welcomed the agreement on sanitary certification in respect of cattle and directed their relevant authorities to continue efforts to further facilitate the export of cattle.

In regional and international affairs, Mexico recognized Belize’s work as chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the last few months, which brought that regional entity closer to Mexico. They have also agreed to promote to be held later this year an international conference in Central America with the aim of promoting an Action Plan that addresses the structural causes of migration and includes concrete investment actions for development, projected to be hosted by Honduras; and finally, making an urgent call for the forthcoming Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, in June to be consolidated as the space for plural, open and inclusive dialogue, in which all the voices of the hemisphere, without exclusion, are allowed to be heard.

The leaders reiterated their commitment to deepen the relationship at all levels in light of the shared understanding between the two governments.

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