By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor
Belize had representation at the first ever Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London on March 9 and 10.
Jose Alpuche, CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, as well as Belize’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Perla Perdomo, and Dylan Vernon, Ambassador for Belize to the European Union (EU) were among delegates from 30 countries.
On March 9, Trade Ministers and Representatives participated in several roundtable discussions, including Financial Services, Ease of Doing Business, Technology and Innovation, Business and Sustainability, Creating and Export Economy, and Attracting Investment.
Today they took part in a closed-door Ministerial meeting before entering a larger meeting which looked at making use of the Commonwealth advantage in a changing global trade landscape and addressing the challenges to intra-Commonwealth trade and investment.
Alpuche also met with several influential members of the UK parliament and lobbied for trade opportunities between Belize and the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU – a departure that has been dubbed “Brexit”. That meeting involved MP Steve Baker, member of the Treasury Select Committee and Christopher Howarth, Senior Researcher European Research Group of MP’s.
This first assembly was organized by Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council in coordination with the Commonwealth Secretariat.