Prime Minister Barrow Leads Belize Delegation at VII Summit of the Americas in Panama Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00

Belmopan. April 13, 2015. On Saturday, April 11th, 35 Head of State and Government of the Western Hemisphere participated in the historic VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama City, Panama under the theme “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas”.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow led the Belize delegation to this three day event.  This is the first time that all 35 countries of the hemisphere have participated in a session of the Summit of the Americas, which included the Republic of Cuba, headed by President Raul Castro.

Activities came to a close on Saturday, April 11th, after the conclusion of the main plenary session where Foreign Minister Elrington spoke on behalf of Belize.  Prior to the plenary, Prime Minister Barrow participated in a Business Forum where he presented on the theme of regional competitiveness.  Prime Minister Barrow also participated in a meeting of Heads of Governments of SICA and President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  This followed a meeting held prior to the Summit in Kingston, Jamaica between President Obama and CARICOM Heads of Government.

Prime Minister Barrow was also accompanied by Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, who met with Mrs. Lorena Varela, First Lady of the Republic of Panama, to discuss projects related to their mutual causes.

The other members of the Belize Delegation were H.E. Nestor Mendez, Belize’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States, H.E. Alexis Rosado, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala and Ms. Ardelle Sabido, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C. and Alternate Representative of Belize to the OAS.