Leader of the Opposition Shyne Barrow continued his trip to the United States, his first in more than a decade. He left on August fifteen for an official visit, where he was slated to meet with members of the US Congress, State Senators and House members to what he says are opportunities to strengthen relationships and establish new ones to develop Belize. During his visit, he went to the tomb of American civil rights hero, Doctor Martin Luther King Junior and then went to the Georgia State Capitol. While there, he met with state representative Erica Thomas, the vice chair of the Georgia Democratic Caucus. The two discussed issues centered on tourism, cultural exchanges, education, the economy and crime. Among several other activities, he also met with members of the Belizean diaspora. The Atlanta City Council also declared August twenty as Shyne Barrow Day.