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SICA focuses attention on efficiency, fighting organized crime in Central America

LADB Article ID: 80351
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-07-20
By: George Rodríguez

Central America’s integration mechanism––¬¬the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana, (SICA)––is set on tackling organized crime, one of this region’s top priorities, and on seeking social peace as well as economic development. At its most recent summit meeting in late June in Costa Rica, SICA members highlighted the need for strengthened regional security and the need to become a more efficient, accountability-driven organization. SICA’s bureaucracy consists of eight main bodies––including the executive committee, the Parliament and court––and 10 secretariats, among them one for economic integration (Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana, SIECA) and one for social integration (Secretaría de la Integración Social Centroamericana, SISCA). In addition, SICA encompasses more than 20 specialized centers––for disaster prevention, for example–– and a bank, the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE). At the summit meeting in June, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela addressed the regional security issue both during the conference’s plenary session and in statements to local and international media after he received SICA’s rotating presidency from his Costa Rican counterpart, Luis Guillermo Solís.

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