Belize Secures Energy Boost and Export Opportunities in Mexico Pact

Belize Secures Energy Boost and Export Opportunities in Mexico Pact

Belize can now look forward to exporting a new list of products to Mexico.  It is one part of a multi-faceted agreement that Prime Minister John Briceno was able to negotiate this weekend in Cancun, Mexico.  It is the leader’s second trip within one week, urged by the power supply shortage Belize has been experiencing in recent weeks.  The Prime Minister was able to meet with the head of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and garnered a commitment of 20 additional megawatts of power for Belize.  The energy supply was only one part of the several other benefits the Prime Minister was able to gain.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “We had a chance to meet with the president and the head of CFE and they would work with us to continue to provide energy. As you know, well probably most people don’t but we have a maximum of 55 megawatts of energy that we can buy. Now what the President offered us to be able to increase it by 20 more so we will be able to buy approximately 75 megawatts. We’ll be working with CFE now to run a second line into Belize. Secondly we spoke about sugar. As you all know a lot of our sugar is being contraband into Chetumal region and it creates shortages for us. The president agreed that he will talk with the Minister of Economy for us to look at the tariff regime to be able to expect to reduce it and then also give us a certain quota to be able to export sugar into Belize. We spoke about cattle. The presidential degree has come to an end and looking at about expanding it so that we can continue to export cattle into Mexico. We also looked at coconuts and new industry in Belize and we will be working with CENASECA* and the Minister of Agriculture was there with me, we started discussions as to how we’ll be able to get coconuts following the requirements from Mexico and so we spoke also about that and shrimp.”

Mexico was not the only one making concessions in the weekend’s meetings.  According to PM Briceno, Belize also agreed to do its part when it comes to facilitating Mexicans coming over.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “Our Cabinet has agreed to lift or to provide the cars from the Mexicans free of charge so that they can come into Belize easily, remove the border tax and then also be able to use your insurance into Belize. We’re doing this so that we can be able to make it easier for Mexicans to visit Belize and lastly we spoke about Tren Maya. We spoke with the General Aguila who is in charge of the project along with ICA it’s a private sector company that’s building – they have different sections they’re building different companies along with the army they’re building it about the possibility now of moving from Chetumal the Tren Maya to our border and to start there and eventually go into the rest of the country. So all of these discussions now this is what we have agreed just roughly and we’re not starting to put that now in pen and paper and hopefully sometime next month we’ll be able to sign this agreement.”

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