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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018. 3:54 pm CST.

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018.  3:30 pm  CST

By BBN Staff: On Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize City, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker Longs worth, met with the President of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), Irma Amaya, who was in Belize attending the SICA Meeting.

According to a statement from the Government of Belize, the aim of the meeting was to commence a dialogue between both parliaments in an effort to establish an inter-parliamentary relation in areas relating to politics, economics, environment, education and culture.

The release notes that PARLACEN is a permanent regional institution that comprises of parliamentarians of Central America and the Dominican Republic, excluding Belize and Costa Rica, who are elected in their respective countries.  

“It has a political and democratic representation in SICA, and its main objective is to promote the unity of Central America as a region of peace, liberty, democracy and development,” the release further states.  

At the meeting, the Speaker pledged her commitment to continue the dialogue with PARLACEN, with the hope that the National Assembly of Belize can in the future sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will result in our parliament working with PARLACEN in parliamentary projects for the promotion of frameworks/legislation for the region.  

The release asserts that PARLACEN is interested in looking at our legislation that deals with issues relating to the human rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS among other issues of mutual interests. 

The President of PARLACEN was accompanied by Silvia Garcia Polanco, the Vice President of PARLACEN in Dominican Republic, Sidney Orlington Francis, Vice President of PARLACEN in Nicaragua, and Beatriz Herrera, Director of Foreign Affairs of PARLACEN’s Board of Directors, in Guatemala. Also present at the meeting with the House Speaker was Clarita Pech, the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly.

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