Address by the
Alternate Governor for Belize
on behalf of
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Meliton J. Auil
Annual Meeting Boards of Governors of the IDB and the IIC
Milan, Italy. March 24th-26th
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Central America is home to flourishing democracies, reaffirming its commitment
to strong democratic values, the rule of law, and transparency in governance.
Our nations continue the promotion of reforms to open up their market economies,
improve an enabling investment climate, expand the role of the private sector in
areas where it is more efficient than the public sector, and build a more
effective State. Moreover, as part of our insertion to the global economy, our
region is speeding the Central American integration, taking actions to achieve
the Puebla-Panama Plan objectives, and signing free trade agreements with a
number of countries. At present, our free trade negotiations with the United
States are critical for forging closer ties with the world’s largest economy.
such as the Puebla-Panama Plan, the Central American Common Market and the
consolidation of customs, and free trade negotiations, are areas in which the
support of the Bank must continue. We urge that these areas be
priorities on the agenda of the Bank Group, as they help achieve the objectives
of development, growth and opportunities for our people. In our own country of
Belize, we have faced the challenges and arranged to grasp the opportunities of
the new realities. Both the public and private sector work in partnership to
remove unnecessary bureaucratic friction and increase production efficiency to
achieve international competitiveness. Testimony to this is an average growth of
6.6% over the last five years despite five storms and 9-11.
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March 30, 2003