Belize Shows Interest in Mayan Train ProjectBy Lorenzo Núñez | Mon, 10/04/2021 - 09:39
Belize, Mexico´s neighbor to the south has expressed interest in having the Mayan Train travel from Quintana Roo, Mexico to the town of Santa Elena in that small Central American country.
"At the request of Prime Minister John Briceño's government, it (The Maya Train) could connect not only to the Chetumal-Belize border, but also go as far as St. Helena. Rogelio Jiménez Pons, director of FONATUR, explained the benefits of the project," explained Martha Zamarripa, Mexico's ambassador to Belize on her twitter account.
“We were pleased to present the project to the Prime Minister of Belize, Jhonny Briceño, and members of his cabinet. The Tren Maya is the most important railway infrastructure project in Latin America; we are strengthening ties with sister countries. We want to share best practices, experiences and connecting the Mayan region,” he explained.
Rogelio Ramirez de la O, Head of the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, has stated that the big infrastructure projects will represent an economic effect for the country and that if future administrations ever manage to halt landmark projects such as the Mayan Train, these cancellations will cause problems for the country's public finances.
The main objective of this grand project is to promote economic growth in the country’s southeast region. The train is also expected to boost tourism numbers by promoting underdeveloped and often marginalized areas. The connection to the Central American countries is also expected to benefit those countries by increasing tourism.