The presidents of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez and Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina as host, were summoned this Friday in Santo Domingo, to discuss mechanisms to increase their exports and investments within the framework of the summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
Honduras will be represented by its Vice President María Antonia Rivera, Chancellor Wilfred Elrington for Belize and Vice Chancellor Gilda Bolt for Nicaragua.
The opening ceremony of this summit of heads of state will be this Friday, June 29 and will conclude on Saturday with the plenaries. Belize will replace the Dominican Republic in the presidency.
The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, said "We will insist on the urgency of institutional reforms so that the Integration System is at the service of the inhabitants of the region, with high capacity of
incidence and response to the challenges that our countries face to reach inclusive and sustainable development".
The Costa Rican president indicated that he will propose changes with
the objective of promoting an integration system governed by
transparency, accountability, results-based management and alignment
with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the UN, which
seeks to end poverty, fight against inequality and injustice and
tackle climate change.
The Government indicated that it hopes that during the regional meeting "the possible consequences in the region will also be analyzed by the social and political crisis in Nicaragua, specifically in issues such as migration, health, commerce and economy".
Within the framework of this summit, an Export and Investment Forum was held, this Thursday and Friday, with the presence of more than four hundred entrepreneurs from the region.
In figures the SICA totalizes exports that surpass the thirty thousand million dollar mark.