By Marion V. Ali
The signing of sister-city relations between Belize City and the City of Othón P. Blanco (Chetumal) on Tuesday, formalizes the already close ties that Belizean shoppers and the business community of Quintana Roo have shared over the last three decades.
Through this new agreement, the two cities stand to benefit from shared programs in areas of culture, tourism, academia, and economic opportunities.
Upon signing the agreement, Mayor of Chetumal Eduardo Espinosa said: “We want [to continue] in the brotherhood of our peoples, with flourishing harmony, and to build peace every day because peace is the best scenario, where people live in harmony, grow and it’s the space where the spirit transcends”.
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley endorsed the City Council’s commitment to maintaining the close ties with Mexico, especially for people who have relatives in both countries.
The two officials signed the document at the Fort of Fisherman (Fuerte del Pescador), Quintana Roo, marking the official start of sister-city relations between them.
Chetumal signed sister-city ties with San Pedro Town in October of 2013, and similarly to Belize City, share activities of mutual cooperation in areas of tourism, education, health, culture and economy.