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Mexico lights up Marion Jones Stadium and assists in school feeding project Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

The Ministry of Sports signed a contract in October 2016 to place “Class Two Lights” on the Marion Jones Sporting Complex’s football field. The contract was one for a half of a million dollars, a part of a larger USD $5 million dollar plan. The project is one funded by the Government of Mexico as a plan to build an indoor sporting facility.

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the lighting system at the stadium was inaugurated. The Lighting System of the Marion Jones Sports Complex was officially opened by Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, during the visit of the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for the International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Agustín García-López. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Governor-General, H.E. Sir Colville Young, Ambassador of Mexico Carlos Quesnel, Deputy Foreign Minister, Hon. Patrick Andrews, and the Director of the National Sports Council, Ian Jones.

The second component of the USD $5 million project includes the construction of a multi-purpose installation at the “Pavilion Mexico” Sports Centre within the Marion Jones Sports Complex, which is expected to be completed in 2018.

During his stay in Belize, Ambassador García-López also held a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of Agriculture to address bilateral and regional cooperation topics, such as the progress made by the “Mesoamerica Project“ which was implemented in Belize in 2016 with the aim of strengthening national and local institutional frameworks to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition programs, and promote sustainable agriculture.

The construction of coffee shops was announced in four schools in the Toledo District where the “Sustainable School Feeding Project” will be carried out. In addition, school gardens have already been established and supported in the four schools as teaching tools for food and nutrition education. It is estimated that at the beginning of the school year, the school feeding program will benefit approximately 700 children.