Agriculture Minister Jose Mai has openly criticized the challenges Belizean agricultural producers face when trying to get Belizean products into CARICOM. And while the regional partnership with the Caribbean is important under the Treaty of Chaguaramas, Mai feels that there are opportunities in Central America and Mexico to explore. We asked ASR’s Vice President of International Relations, Mac McLachlan to imagine his organisation’s role in those opportunities. He explained that while every chance Belize gets to make money is a good thing, for now, sugar has to maintain its commitments to CARICOM. Here’s how he put it.
Mac McLachlan, Country Manager, ASR Group: “I can only speak from the point of view of the sugar industry and we don’t have preferential access into Central American markets or into Mexico. We have preferential access into CARICOM through the treaty of Chaguaramas and so as far as I’m concerned you know I can only speak on the part of sugar. Of course any advantage for Belize is good advantage but CARICOM is important to us.”