Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018. 8:49 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the Heads of State and Government of Central American countries convened for the LII Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
The meeting was chaired by the outgoing President Pro Tempore of SICA, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow.
Attending the meeting were Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama; Juan Orlando Hernandez, President of Honduras; Salvador Sanchez Cerén, President of El Salvador; and Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala.
Where Presidents were not present, Foreign Ministers represented member states.
In his address, Barrow highlighted the current challenges of climate change, migration, and crime and violence, affecting the region.
Barrow affirmed that poverty and inequality remain at the center of these challenges, and for this reason, during the six months of Belize’s Presidency Pro-Tempore (PPT) it renewed focus on agriculture, health and energy to ensure the inclusion of women, youth, and indigenous people in SICA Member States’ economic development.
The Heads of Government reaffirmed the need and importance of a united approach to combating these and other emergent challenges and committed to working closer together towards finding workable solutions.
Belize has sought to use its tenure as PPT to work towards the fortification of regional unity and solidarity across the five pillars of SICA integration.
At the conclusion of the SICA Summit, Barrow officially handed over the Presidency Pro Tempore to Jimmy Morales, President of the Republic of Guatemala.
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