Mexico to host 13th Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism

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BELMOPAN, Belize — The city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico, will host the 13th Summit of heads of state and government of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination, on 16 and 17 October 2011.

This event will involve Mexico, Belize, the Central American countries, Colombia and Dominican Republic, and will also mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Mechanism.

The Tuxtla Mechanism is the main forum for political dialogue at the Meso-American level. The objectives of the Mechanism are promoting high-level political dialogue, as well as to contribute to the strengthening of democratic processes in member countries, promote their economic development and provide cooperation for the training of human resources and its consolidation.

Within the mechanism, the Puebla-Panama Plan was created in 2001, which was the basis for the Meso-American Project for Integration and Development in 2008, whose agreement was signed in July of 2009 during the 11th Tuxtla Summit, held in Costa Rica.

As part of the mechanism of dialogue and consultation, efforts are made to hold an annual summit of heads of state and government of the region on a rotational basis in each country. The Tuxtla Mechanism has focused its work on four themes: 1) political affairs; 2) economic, trade and financial affairs; 3) regional cooperation and 4) the Meso-American Project.

The Mexican state of Chiapas has slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, of which 25% belong to 12 different ethnic groups of a total of 62 in Mexico. Among the main Chiapas cities are Tuxtla Gutierrez, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Tapachula, Palenque, Comitan, and Chiapa de Corzo.

Tuxtla Gutierrez is the capital city of the state of Chiapas. It has approximately 567,000 inhabitants and is the economic center of the state.

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