New Mexican Border inaugurated Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

New Mexican borderMexico's outgoing president Felipe Calderon was in Chetumal on Friday, November 23rd to officially inaugurate the new border installations in that country. President Calderon was accompanied by various Mexican Government officials as well as the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Gaspar Vega. Also attending the opening was Hon. Manuel Heredia, Hon. Hugo Patt, and Hon. Pablo Marin.

In addressing the gathering, President Calderon noted that it was a pleasure to be a part of the inauguration ceremonies of the new border facilities at the Felipe Carrillo Puerto II Bridge or also known as the Chactemal Bridge. He said that the 180 million pesos installation will serve Belizeans as well as Mexicans with improved movement for people as well as commerce. The new facilities will include mechanisms to improve the flow of both people and commerce through the use of non-intrusive monitoring mechanisms such as the use of video cameras. President Calderon noted that the installations will bring economic development to the region as well as it will generate opportunities for progress for people on both sides of the border.  The new border facility, he said, is an expression of Mexico's goal to better relations with its neighbors in particular Belize and Guatemala. 

For his part, Hon. Gaspar Vega explained that the new border crossing was a manifestation of Mexico's commitment to strengthen relations between the two countries. He added that the vision of an integrated Mexico and Central America is one that is shared by Belize. The economic and security challenges, he said, are shared by both countries. Hon. Vega explained that expanded movement and trade between both countries has demanded for better and more modern border facilities. Among the increased trade, the new installations will see the movement of cattle from Belize into Mexico, he said. In concluding, Hon. Vega stated that currently, work is taking place on the Belizean side of the border to join Belize's installations with the new international Chactemal Bridge and he thanked the Mexican Government for the support which it has offered Belize.  He concluded stating that the vision of a modern border zone to unite the countries even further is almost complete.