DR takes over the pro tempore presidency of SICA

With the assumption of this PPT, the Dominican Republic is committed to outlining strategic lines that will contribute to the economic, social and, above all, institutional strengthening of the region.

The Dominican Republic received the Pro Tempore Presidency (PPT) of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to continue advancing in the strengthening of the regional guidelines established in this organization.

In this presidency, which will begin its work on July 1, assumed for the third time since it became a member of SICA, the country welcomes the slogan “Adapting regional integration to the new challenges”, in order to strengthen this mechanism and draw an agenda that addresses the common problems faced by the States that comprise it.

While participating in the virtual ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Álvarez, expressed the commitment of the country and of President Luis Abinader to regional integration, on which the Dominican Republic will rely to work during the six months that he will be in this position.

With the assumption of this PPT, the Dominican Republic is committed to draw strategic lines that will contribute to the economic, social and especially institutional strengthening of the region, seeking union and joint work, since only together we will overcome the difficulties. Together, leaving no one behind”, said the Dominican diplomat.

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This Pro Tempore Presidency was handed over in person by the Panamanian Foreign Minister, Erika Mouynes, to the Vice Minister for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation of MIREX, Hugo Francisco Rivera.

Chancellor Álvarez was accompanied in his virtual participation by the Vice Minister of Multilateral Foreign Policy, Rubén Silié; the Director of Trade Integration, Carmen Elena Ibarra; and the person in charge of Trade Integration for Caribbean Affairs, José Guillermo Sarita.

During this period, the Dominican Republic will be in charge of coordinating sectoral meetings to address issues such as democratic security, climate change, comprehensive risk management, social and economic integration and institutional strengthening, which will be submitted to the LVI Summit of Heads of State and Government of SICA to be held in the country in December 2022 in order to transfer the Presidency to Belize.

On this occasion, the Dominican Presidency of SICA displays a logo that shows distinctive elements of the country such as its flag and the national bird, the cigua palm, the first extended in a silhouette of the Central American map.

What is SICA and when was it created?

SICA is the institutional framework of Central American Regional Integration, created by the States of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Subsequently, Belize joined as full members in 2000 and, as of 2013, the Dominican Republic. Its main objective is to achieve the integration of Central America, to constitute it as a Region of Peace, Freedom, Democracy and Development.

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