Mexico and Costa Rica Speed Up Highway Project to Unite Central America

By Dialogo
October 07, 2010

Mexico and Costa Rica are seeking to speed up the Pacific Corridor project, a roadway that is expected to reduce land travel time from Mexican territory to Panama from almost eight days at present to two-and-a-half days, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday.

The announcement was made following a meeting between the Mexican foreign minister, Patricia Espinosa, and her Costa Rican counterpart, René Castro, who is on a working visit that will conclude on Thursday.

In their meeting the ministers talked about “the importance of making progress on speeding up the Pacific Corridor, which will make it possible to reduce travel time from Mexico to Panama from 190 to 59 hours,” the Secretariat of Foreign Relations said in a statement.

Both governments emphasized their commitment to the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, specifically in the transportation area, work on which is led by Costa Rica.

The foreign ministers also exchanged perspectives on Mexico’s preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in November in the beach resort of Cancún (in eastern Mexico).