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PM Briceno Departs the Country

Prime Minister John Briceno left the country today en route to Brussels where he will participate in the  EU Development Days Conference. From there he goes to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Summit and then later to Suriname to hand over the chairmanship of Caricom to the incoming president pro-temperate. Briceno’s trip will take to three continents. The PM says that the trip will benefit Belize greatly. 

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “In Brussels I’ll be meeting with the EU heads of government including the Prime Minister of Belgium. I’ll be pushing for the establishment of an EU delegation in Belize and continue our campaign for Visa free access to the EU. As you all know the EU is one of our largest donors and our second largest trading partner. From Brussels Belgium I go to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. There will be the election of the Secretary General Foreign Minister Johnson Smith and Baroness Scotland are vying for the post. We also have some bilaterals lined up with Commonwealth partners. On the way back I will stop off in Lisbon, Portugal for the World Oceans Summit. Here Belize will be featured for our successful negotiation on the Blue Bonds. I’m also going to be meeting with potential investors on the matter of renewable energy. We want to see how we can harness all that sargassum and turn it into electricity so I’ll be having some meetings on this as well. Let me say that a large portion of the funding for attending these meetings will be paid by some of our IFIs. And finally from Lisbon I go to Suriname to hand over the chairmanship of CARICOM to the incoming president pro tempore to President Santoke of Suriname. The CARICOM heads will be meeting over three days to discuss regional matters. Thereafter on the invitation of President Ali I travel to Guyana for an official visit. It will be a long trip covering three continents but all very important for Belize and in fulfilling my role as the Chairman of CARICOM.”