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Jun 18, 2015

Mexican Embassy Hosts Trade Mission

The Mexican Embassy today hosted a half day trade mission for Mexican businesses to meet with local businesses. The aim is to build a relationship and forge business opportunities that will be mutually beneficial to each country. Majority of the businesses were from the tourism industry, and as the Mexican Ambassador explains, the tourist industry is one of Belize’s biggest selling points and they want more Mexicans to visit Belize.


Carlos Quesnel Melendez, Mexican Ambassador to Belize

“We appreciate very much the participation of entrepreneurs from Chetumal, from Bacalar and Mahaual and the participation as well from Belizean companies that are interested in having more trade and getting more services from Mexico. As we all know, Belize and Mexico have a good relationship but we have very good potential. This potential can be realized through more trade, more commerce and more influx of Belizean visitors to Mexico and more Mexican visitors to Belize. So, we are here to share this event with Mexican and Belizeans together to look for business. I am hopeful that this will be very successful that this will bring and create new opportunities of increasing our trade and increasing the relationship between both countries.”


Carlos Quesnel Melendez


“Is this a one way street; that the commerce from Chetumal benefits or will Belizeans benefit as well?”


Carlos Quesnel Melendez

“Well, we would like to see both ways benefit for both countries. It is no secret that for Chetumal the Belizean visitors are very important; they are a very important part as an income of Chetumal city. We want Belizeans to go to other parts of Chetumal. We are happy to see Belizeans not only be tourist but getting goods and services in Mexico. In broader terms, we are looking as a country better terms of commerce and trade. We are working very hard with the Belizean counterparts and the Belizean government in getting a free trade agreement that would benefit both countries. As you can imagine, if we have a free trade, some of the areas that would receive more benefits would be Quintana Roo State and the state of Chetumal. It would also open more opportunities for Belizean businessmen and Mexican businessmen to get more products from Belize. You have a lot of products to offer; you have nice food, you are developing tourist industry and Belize has a lot to offer. So, we would like Mexicans to know that Belize is a great place to come and to enjoy.”

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