New IDB Manager for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, Verónica Zavala, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The meeting with the General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank for this region was o discuss Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming for 2018. According to a Government Press release, Discussions included the current IDB portfolio as well as the program for 2018, examining potential areas of partnership to support for Belize’s sustainable development. The Bank’s current portfolio in Belize includes five loans totaling US$72 million, supporting sustainable tourism, education, transport, solid waste management and climate resilience, as well as over US$17 million in technical assistance and investment grants. Several new projects are currently in preparation. The visit represents the first mission of Veronica Zavala to Belize in her capacity as regional manager for the IDB.