Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is scheduled to visit Belize for six hours upon the invitation of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to co-chair the IV Mexico-CARICOM Summit, to be held in Belize City on October 25.
A release issued today by the Mexican embassy in Belize indicates that President Peña Nieto’s visit to Belize is aimed at consolidating the progress of the Third Mexico-CARICOM Summit which was held in Merida, Yucatan in April of 2014. His visit is also expected to endorse Mexico's importance to cooperation with the Caribbean in the areas of security, migration, climate change mitigation and prevention of natural disasters.
The central theme of the Summit will be cooperation for the prevention and treatment of natural disasters, an area in which Mexico has considerable experience and institutional capacity. Due to geographic proximity, the bilateral relationship Shared by both countries is considered important not only in foreign policy, but also in the areas of national security and development cooperation. Mexico is Belize's first trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the second in the world.
The participation of President Enrique Peña Nieto at the IV Mexico-CARICOM Summit is also expected to strengthen his countries’ relationship with Belize. This will be his first visit and will coincide with the recent celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries.