A delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington travelled to San Pedro Sula in Honduras to participate in the seventeenth Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Cooperation which was held on Friday August 23rd. The Political Declaration embraced by the Heads of Government and States reiterated the significance of this regional space for dialogue and collaboration between Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico.
A key element of the Tuxtla Mechanism is the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project, through which member countries work to foster collaboration efforts and leverage international resources that contribute to promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the 226 million inhabitants of member countries. In addition to noting common challenges of migration, security, the negative effects of climate change, and the difficulties of accessing concessionary financing as middle-income countries, delegations reconfirmed their pledge to work in partnership, and with other strategic partners to address such challenges as well as others.
Belize reaffirmed its support of the Mechanism and underlined the benefits of its participation in health, energy, food security, and disaster risk management. Minister Elrington provided an update on the positive steps taken towards Belize’s integration in the regional energy grid of Mesoamerica and also partook in the First Mesoamerica Business Forum hosted by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, where he shared Belize’s vision on the need to provide fair and equitable education for all. Elrington also took the opportunity to meet with Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales Banegas of Honduras where he expressed Belize’s interest in strengthening the excellent bilateral relations, mainly in the areas of education, agriculture and migration.
The delegation also consisted of Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Patrick Andrews, Director of International Affairs for Cooperation; Orla Kantun Coleman, Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador; Margaret Juan and Export Business Advisor, Amed Figueroa.