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Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai takes over as President Pro Tempore of Central American Agriculture and Livestock Council at SICA-CAC Ministerial meeting

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 7:39 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai on Wednesday took over as President Pro Tempore of Central American Agriculture and Livestock Council (Consejo Agropecuario Centroamericano – CAC).

Minister Mai assumed the position during a virtual Central American Integration System (SICA) -CAC Ministerial meeting.

The Consejo Agropecuario Centroamericano is the regional body of ministers of agriculture and livestock.

Mai assumes the position in line with Belize having the pro tempore presidency of SICA from January to June of this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) said several other ministers, including Prime Minister John Briceño, have already assumed the presidency of their regional bodies.

Belize took over the presidency of SICA from the Dominican Republic, which is a member of SICA.

During the meeting the agriculture ministers discussed the work agenda set for the first semester of 2023, said a statement by the Government of Belize Press Office.

“The main focus of discussions was the priorities of the semester for the joint work of the agricultural sector of the Central American Integration System (SICA) region and the progress on the biological inputs done in coordination with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” the Press Office said.

“Other matters discussed were the implementation of the SICA Region Economic Empowerment Agenda for Rural Women (AEEMRRSICA) and the incorporation of a project to lay the foundation for an inclusive growth model that allows for the efficient development of micro, small and medium enterprises in the region.”

According to the Press Office, the SICA members supported the application of the Standards and Trade Development Facility and also learned the scope of the project titled ‘Phytosanitary Trade Facilitation of Agricultural Trade with Emphasis on Musas, in the face of the threat of Foc R4T in the SICA Region’. 

The CAC also expressed appreciation to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA) for their support of the CAC projects.

Belize will hold the pro tempore presidency of CAC until June 2023.


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