Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018. 10:31 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Representatives of the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) held a working meeting with H.E. Alexander Yui, the Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan), aimed at coordinating the preparations for the XVII Mixed Commission with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
According to a release from the Government of Belize (GOB), Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired the meeting as the SICA Presidency Pro Tempore (PPT).
During his opening remarks, Andrews mentioned that during Belize’s term, the country will work to strengthen and further promote regional integration, political dialogue, and cooperation amongst SICA member states and the ROC (Taiwan).
Andrews further thanked Taiwan for the invaluable support extended over the years to the region on the implementation of projects which have and continue to facilitate the sustainable development of the region.
Director General Yui conveyed his Government’s desire to continue the engagement with the region. He also expressed his Government’s continued interest in supporting the region’s integration agenda; reflected in the more than 120 projects that have been implemented within the framework of the priority pillars of SICA. The Director-General also congratulated Belize on its assumption of the PPT and extended his appreciation for the convening of the preparatory meeting so early during its term.
The Secretary General of SICA, Vinicio Cerezo, indicated that the meeting allowed the members to reaffirm the interest of Taiwan to continue supporting regional projects and highlighted the value of having stakeholder participation in the process.
Also present at the meeting were representatives of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) actively participates in sustainable development having supported the SICA region since 1991.
In 2002, Taiwan was welcomed as an Extra Regional Observer State and is now the third largest development partner of SICA.
During the 26 years, they have contributed to more than a hundred projects that cover issues of poultry health, the environment, food security, institutional strengthening, among others.
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