Last week there was a gathering of leaders of municipal bodies in Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It took place in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye and Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, who heads the Belize Mayors Association, told us more about it
Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize City
“We have been in San Pedro for the last two years with CAMPICA. CAMPICA is a regional association of municipal leaders from Central America and their Spanish speaking Caribbean countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominical Republic. What they did in San Pedro was that they signed their constitutional document bringing CAMPICA into force. We had the president of all the Mayor’s Association for all the Central American countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic attending in San Pedro. They were hosted quite lavishly and quite impressively by the Mayor of San Pedro, Danny Guerrero, and the Minister of Tourism was with us for the entire conference. We had meetings where we discussed the constitutional document itself and all the presidents of the municipal associations signed on to the documents and that is something that we want to really promote and encourage because in Central America, there is a coming together of municipal associations to talk about shared issues; issues of taxations, issues of how to deal with crime, issues of human rights, and I think that CAMPICA and Belize’s involvement of CAMPICA could be a very positive force for the municipalities in Belize. As well, all the mayors from Belize, or a representative of all the mayors also attended the conference and I think all in all, it was a hugely successful event.”
The Central American group is similar to the Caribbean and Commonwealth local government associations of which Belize is already an active part.