The director of the ETEA Foundation for Development and Cooperation, José Manuel Martín, and the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System, Victoria Marina Velasquez de Avilés, recently met in El Salvador, headquarters of SICA, to review the valuable and long-standing collaboration that both organizations have maintained.
The Secretary General of SICA wanted to highlight and thank the Foundation for its active participation through the SICA Training Program, which is also supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Through this program, various training and brainstorming processes on Central American integration have been developed in response to the five pillars of SICA: economic integration, social integration, democratic security, risk management and climate change, and institutional strengthening, as defined at the Summit for the Relaunching of the System in 2010.
The Foundation has also been involved in various activities such as participation in forums and workshops on regional integration organized by different Directorates General, in which researchers Pedro Caldentey del Pozo and Francisco Santos have collaborated.
The meeting also served to recall the support of the ETEA Foundation in projects and technical assistance to ECADERT, Central American Strategy for Territorial Rural Development, with the participation of Lorenzo Estepa and Luis Fernández, also researchers of the Foundation.
Central American Integration System
The Central American Integration System (SICA) was established on December 13, 1991 and is the institutional framework for 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 creation was endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in December 1993.
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