|First Session of Belize-Chetumal Chamber of Commerce|
|Written by Shane D. Williams|
|Thursday, 11 February 2010 00:00|
On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Services of Chetumal entered into an agreement officially establishing a joint chamber called the Chamber of Commerce of Belize and Chetumal. On Friday, February 5, that joint Chamber held its first meeting, and since Belize holds thePresidency for 2010, the historic event took place in Belize.
According to President of the Chamber, Amparo Masson, the first order of business was to develop a working plan for the first quarter of 2010. She said that the initial discussions were geared towards improving border facilitation. One proposal is to produce a display poster that will inform Belizeans and Mexicans about the requirements for traveling into both countries. That proposal was agreed upon. A second proposal was to conduct a study on how Belize and Quintana Roo can jointly promote tourism in both countries. In addition, training in tourism for Belizeans in Mexico was offered as a benefit of the joint chamber.
The Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, His Excellency Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, took part in the session. He said one of his personal goals is to increase trade in the region to the benefit of both countries. The Ambassador said that this was just the first step in the process. Both Chambers will meet in Quintana Roo in March of this year to begin substantive discussions on the proposals made.
The Ambassador also wished to say that he was sorry for the inconvenience caused with the bus situation at the border. He added that buses are being allowed to cross from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.