Corozal Free Zone Receives Facelift: New Road, Water System, and Free Wi-Fi
The Corozal Free Zone is getting a much-needed facelift, inclusive of a new road, a new water system, and free Wi-Fi services. On Friday, the government signed a contract with RJB Construction Ltd for a little under three million Belize dollars to rehabilitate the Santa Elena Access Road. The project is being funded through a grant from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Government of Belize and seeks to bolster economic growth in the once-vibrant zone. Chairman of the Corozal Free Zone, Neri Ramirez, spoke about the expected impact of the road’s rehabilitation and how projects that are in the pipeline will drive economic development.
Neri Ramirez, Chairman, Corozal Free Zone: “The signing of this contract is not the end but the commencement. It marks the initiation of a transformative journey that will lead us to a future that is brighter, more prosperous and better connected. In addition to this project I would like to also mention that we have a project in the pipeline, Belize Water Services is also a project that I envisioned for the Corozal Free Zone since twenty five years of existence. We managed to meet with stakeholders from Belize Water Service and they have pledged to assist us with 50% of the cost and we are looking already working with SIF to get the other 50%. So hopefully next year we’re going to be right here inaugurating our Belize Water Service system in the Corozal Free Zone and the northern border for our immigration border management, OIRSA and all our staff around the border. In addition to that we also have a wifi project that is already 50% completed that all our Mexican visitors can come to the Free Zone and connect free wifi with their families and business partners on the Mexican side so that’s 50% completed already.”
The Corozal Free Zone was established in 1995.