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Aug 25, 2011

Ambassador of Mexico talks about ADO Bus Line and electricity

H. E. Mario Velazquez

Relations with Mexico have significant importance to Belize. That country’s new Ambassador presented his credentials this past Tuesday and this morning Ambassador Mario Velazquez hosted a breakfast with members of the media at the Belize Biltmore Hotel.  There are two major issues that were raised with the head of mission: Mexico’s bus line ADO is starting runs to Belize this week and the current negotiations with Comision Federal de Electricidad about restructuring electricity fees for Belize Electricity Limited.

H. E. Mario Velazquez, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize

“I am arriving here, I am coming with greetings from the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon for all the authorities and the people of Belize. We will be working very hard on starting my tenure in Belize and we will be working very, very hard in trade, tourism and investment. Also in technical and scientific cooperation, education and culture and of course also border security and immigration. Working together—together with our best intention in doing the best for both countries and that includes absolutely every kind of topics, every kind of issues; we want to be a special partner for Belize. ADO is a Mexican enterprise and they are talking with the authorities of Belize and they are considering the convenience of receiving these Mexican buses that will be coming with tourists that come to Mexico; we will share them with Belize. That is the intension.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do they intend to take passengers from Belize to Chetumal or different parts of Mexico?

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“No that is not the intention. They will come from Cancun, they will come from Merida, some of them will stop in Chetumal, but not for taking passengers to that place. They are not going to do something that others are doing now.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do they intend to build terminals for the buses in Belize?”

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“I’d say that is a possibility, but that depends on conveniences—conveniences of course of the Belizeans.”

Jose Sanchez

“Is there current experiments to see how it will work?”

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“In the next days, they will start with some rides. If they come good, they will continue. If they come good for everybody of course.”

Jose Sanchez

“CFE. What is Mexico’s perspective on what it hopes to come out of the negotiations with the government regarding electricity?”

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“Well that is coming excellent. Mexico continues supplying electricity to Belize. We are presenting better prices, we are presenting also new documents, new agreements for that and we will continue.”

Jose Sanchez

“You also mentioned six percent possible reduction in rates?”

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“Yes that is an intention. Mexico is reducing the prices.”

Jose Sanchez

“At six percent?”

H. E. Mario Velazquez

“Yes that is possible. We want to import more from Belize and sugar cane; we are considering that—we need it. We have considered a total agreement with that. Considered all the products and exchange it and we have presented to the Belize authorities a new proposal for trying to get an agreement. If that proposal is convenient for Belize, if they want to make some other considerations, we will have a final agreement and that will get for everybody to increase our exportations and importations. But we want more importation from Belize.”

The ambassador says that Mexico will assist either with rebuilding or repairing the Belize City Center.

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1 Response for “Ambassador of Mexico talks about ADO Bus Line and electricity”

  1. Carla Felix says:

    BEWARE!!!! MEXICANS ARE CONNING OTHER CITIZENS CROSSING THE BOARDER TO BELIZE
    My family is from Belize; I have a US & Belize passport! I traveled on ADO in December 2011 to Belize. At the Mexican border into Belize, the little man in the window attempted to charge me money to cross the border (approximately $10 USD). I refused to pay and was allowed into Belize. I recently came back to Belize through Mexico (June 12, 2012) and the little man in the window at the Mexican border charged the entire bus $26.00 USD each. No matter what I said, they still took our money. THIS IS A CON!!!!!! But, at the early hour of the morning, what can you do! WHAT WE CAN DO is begin blogging, twittering, face-booking and telling news stations that this CON is occurring and effecting not only US citizens but ALL those traveling into Belize via Mexico! I am in the process of contacting DATELINE investigative reporting. There is nothing that can be done locally; we need to SPREAD the WORD!!!!! Please pass this message on so we can stop this harassment by the Mexicans!!! The sad thing is, I hear the Mexican government is powerless! It is NOT legal. If anything, try not to pay, request a receipt, or pay them in quarters!

    ADO Operations Manager: Luis Perez
    Public Relations Officer for the ADO Group: Gabriela Osuna

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