The newly refurbished Punta Gorda market was officially inaugurated today, January 21, 2016. The new name of the market is “MAURA LOPEZ MARKET” renamed as a tribute to one of the outstanding women of Punta Gorda Town who was very much involved in the community as an advocate for education, culture and other initiatives. Speakers at the inauguration included Hon Rene Montero Minister of Works, Transport and NEMO, Ambassador Paola Amadei, European Union Delegation to Belize, Mayor of Punta Gorda, Ms Fern Gutierrez and others. The new market is as a result of collaborative effort between the Government of Belize and European Union as part of the Belize Rural Development Project. The project included the refurbishment of the existing market to accommodate 11 new individual stalls and reconstruction of the Civic Centre with 12 new stalls and bathrooms for Fruit & Vegetable vendors. Another outstanding feature of the market project is that the design of the existing layout was improved to accommodate the Art & Craft and Food vendors. Our colleagues at PG TV spoke to EU Ambassador to Belize, Paola Amadei, who told us more about the market project. Financing for the Punta Gorda Market Project was divided in two components with a Contract price of $975,936.89 BZD with $844,063.17 from EU funds and the rest from GOB funds. PG Town Councilor Ashton McKenzie, who was present at the inauguration, told our colleagues at PG TV how glad the community is for the upgraded market. There was also another inauguration today: the reconstruction and paving of the Hopkins Road connecting the Southern Highway with Hopkins Village, a total of 4.5 miles. The 7 million dollar plus cost of the road was also split between the European Union with more that 5 million dollars and Government of Belize financing the rest.