Yesterday, a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, together with the Heads of State and Heads of Government of Central American countries, gathered in Guatemala City to participate in the 53rd Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA). The topics of discussion at that meeting included the progress of the region’s integration agenda in the fields of security, social and economic integration, and climate change together with the ongoing migration challenge.
Presiding over the meeting was outgoing Presidency Pro Tempore, and President of Guatemala, H.E. Jimmy Morales. The meeting underlined the need for an urgent regional tactic to address migration challenge. The delegates recognized the positive advances regarding development in economic integration and further agreed that the future focus should remain on greater trade facilitation and measures of competitiveness.
During the meeting, Belize was also applauded for holding a successful referendum to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice. Delegates also reflected on the importance of regional unity and solidarity particularly in confronting geopolitical and global challenges. The meeting agreed on the importance of strengthening political dialogue and regional collaboration and with extra-regional development partners.
Accompanying Minister Elrington is Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado, Director of International Affairs (Cooperation); Orla Kantun Coleman as well as First Secretaries at the Embassy of Belize in Guatemala, Luis Verde, and Kryshanie Pott.
Towards the culmination of the meeting, the Presidency Pro Tempore of SICA was officially handed over to El Salvador, who will now take charge for the next six months.