By Aaron Humes: Minister responsible for Sustainable Development Orlando Habet and CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture Servulo Baeza are representing Belize in regional meetings being held in Panama.
CEO Servulo Baeza is attending the first ordinary meeting of 2022 of the Consejo Agropecuario Centroamericano (CAC), or Central American Agricultural Council, in Panama. The meeting features presentations on the present state of agricultural trade in Central America; regional policies for micro, small, and medium enterprise development; presentations from IICA, the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture; regional advances in biotechnology; approval of the sub-regional plan for Peasant, Indigenous and Afro-descendant Family Farming in the Region; as well as messages from the regional FAO director.
A meeting with Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of the Environment is also being held by CCAD, the Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarollo (Central American Commission for Development and the Environment) at which Belize is being represented by Minister Habet and CEO Baeza. That meeting will look at issues dealing with climate change, advances and challenges of the AFOLU 2040 Initiative, and regional updates on NDCs in the Agricultural sector.
The meetings are being convened by SICA, the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (Central American Integration System), of which Panama holds the pro-tempore presidency. Both CAC and CCAD are organs of the parent body SICA.