Relaunch of Central American Integration
By: María Eugenia de Collier
International Trade Director
Last July 20th, in the city of San Salvador, the extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and of Government of the member Countries of the Central American Integration System
–SICA- was held with the participation of Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Belize and El Salvador as host country. This was a historical event during which important decisions were made for the Region, in the face of the evident threats that lie ahead for us and that only a strong and united Central America can defeat
The integration process during the last fifty years has achieved great advances in the economical, social, political and cultural relationships, going against the current and in spite of the internal events that have occurred in each of the member countries. This process has contributed towards regional peace, as well as the Central American identity and the increasingly important insertion of the region in the global market.
Although great strides have already been made, big challenges lie ahead in economic, social, institutional and democratic security matters, as well as in the evident vulnerability of the region in the face of natural disasters and the effects of climate change, along with the poverty rate of the interior in each of the countries. These challenges have led the Heads of State and Government, after a critical review of the integration process, to see the need to “Relaunch” this process, by redefining priorities and identifying precise actions that should be implemented in the short and medium-term as a pressing commitment.
But we must remember that this is a task for everyone, in which each Central American must do their part in order to have a Central America that is at peace, free, democratic and developed and have a better quality of life for our peoples.