Mexico, Belize agree to cooperate on trade

13:10, October 15, 2009      

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Mexico and Belize have inked a deal to boost trade cooperation between the two sides, southeastern Mexican state Quintana Roo said on Wednesday in a statement.

In a deal signed late Tuesday in Quintana Roo's capital Chetumal, both sides agreed to enhance cooperation on tourism and agriculture, mainstays of both Belize's and Quintana Roo's economy.

The two sides have recently set up a ferry service linking towns in northern Belize and southern Mexico across the Caribbean.

"This will allow us to intensify trade and cooperation ties between the two nations," Felix Gonzalez Canto, Quintana Roo's governor said.

Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, Mexico's ambassador to Belize, said the new agreement represents "a great deal of progress, a great many achievements, but also many more challenges ahead."

The statement said Wilfred Erlington, Belize's foreign minister, has traveled to Chetumal for the signing ceremony and described the deal as "historic," saying it would boost political, social and economic relations for both nations.

Chetumal, which heavily relies on tourism in its economy, was battered by the outbreak of A/H1N1 flu, which saw a steep decline in the number of visitors from the United States and Europe, two major sources of travelers in the Mexican state.

Source: Xinhua
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