Opposition leader negotiates twinning deal with New York

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2022. 9:58 PM CST.

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By Aaron Humes: “Start spreading the news”, Belize will be a sister city with New York, New York.

On Monday, Opposition Leader Moses “Shyne” Barrow met with Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner to discuss building sister city relations with New York City, after previously signing an agreement with Newark, New Jersey.

Barrow told Channel 7 News that he was the go-between with New York City Mayor Eric Adams to connect the old capital to the Big Apple: “I thank Mayor Eric Adams for keeping his word. He had just sent me the deal last week, but obviously we were campaigning, and I was busy trying to make sure I got elected leader of the party, and I’m just thankful that all the effort I I have to do when I go abroad because bilateral relations have proved fruitful. New York is the largest city in the world, and I would even say the richest city in the world. So they’re talking about tens of billions of dollars that they have, and that could help the municipality of Belize City, with things like a backhoe, a grader.

(Strictly speaking, New York has been surpassed in population by cities like Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Brazil, in this region and eclipsed by Tokyo, Japan, and others, but certainly still has an outsized reputation.)

Thousands of Belizeans have made New York their home over the years, and Barrow said Belize can leverage those relationships to improve its capabilities from a city that “has nothing to do with anyone. that is”.

But it will be up to the Belize City Executive – and as the classic Liza Minelli/Frank Sinatra says, “You, New York, New York” – to make the relationship work, but there are no limits and many opportunities.


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