Chetumal and Belize City strengthen ties Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Mayor Darrell Bradley and Mayor Lic Eduardo Espinosa AbuxapquiOn Monday, August 26th, the Belize City Council and Mayor Darrell Bradley hosted a delegation of 39 persons from the municipality of Oton P. Blanco, Quintana Roo including the newly elected mayor, Lic. Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui and councilors of that Mexican municipality. The delegation was in the city as part of a courtesy call in which Mayor of San Pedro, Daniel Guerrero was also present.

During a press conference at City Hall, Mayor Guerrero expressed gratitude to the Mexican delegation for their visit explaining that their presence shows the interest that they have in forging relationships in Belize. He went on to congratulate Mayor Bradley for the excellent work that the Belize City Council was doing. He then extended an invitation to the mayor of Chetumal to visit San Pedro for sister city relations to also be formed between San Pedro and Mexican municipality. He said there was much that can be taken advantage of in the areas of Art, Education, Health, Business as well as other areas.

Also addressing the gathering was Lic. Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui, who stated that his delegation was happy to take advantage of the act of goodwill by the Belize City Council in inviting them. He explained that it was very important for him and his council to extend their arm of friendship and to strengthen Chetumal’s ties with Belize City. He explained that it has always been necessary for Chetumal to maintain sister city relations with Belize since there has been a long history of diplomatic relations between the two municipalities. He added that our Mayan history and our geographic location has always joined us and we share similarities in natural phenomena that affect us like hurricanes. When anything happens in either country, the citizenry fells for each other he stated. He noted that it was good to forge relations in various aspects including tourims, education, culture and community development.  Abuxapqui concluded that he would like to extend sister city relations with other municipalities like San Pedro, Orange Walk and Corozal and he would work to consolidate that.

For his part, Mayor Darrell Bradley said that it was the desire of the Belize City Council to have a meaningful relationship with Othon P. Blanco which shares the oldest relationship with Belize. He added that this is also true because of the proximity of the Mexican municipality with Belize. He added that the two are joined by cultural, historical and natural resources which serve as a natural bond. Political and business leaders he said, should bring the two cities together. He then congratulated Mayor Abuxapqui for taking the bold step in visiting which is a sign of sincere friendship and commitment to bring about stronger ties of friendships between the two cities. Mayor Bradley said that there were many opportunities both in Belize and in Othon P. Blanco that can be taken advantage of in the areas of business and culture. He also expressed his commitment to work together in strategic partnerships with Othon P. blanco.  Areas of concern include transportation problems, border crossing, customs and issues of taxation.  Belize City, he said, will do its part to break down barriers for the people to come together in greater friendship. He noted that the obstacles of development can be fixed through discussion by both parties.

At the conclusion of the press conference, the Mayor of Othon P. Blanco and councilors were taken on a tour of the various municipal development projects in Belize City.