Winners of the third edition of the Call For Papers on Central American integration announced


The third edition of the Call for Papers “Central American Integration towards the Bicentennial of Independence and 30 years of SICA” has awarded five research papers and ten honorable mentions to professionals, academics, public officials and researchers committed to the Central American integration process.

Aimed at generating a high-level space for the generation of knowledge and specialized research on integration, this call is an initiative of the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), with the support of the European Union, the ETEA Foundation – Development Institute of Loyola University, the University of Costa Rica and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

The call sought to encourage applied research on Central American integration issues to promote prospective discussion of integration issues and facilitate a platform of ideas, proposals and knowledge to enhance the functionality of SICA and support the advancement of the regional agenda, in line with the Bicentennial of the Independence of Central America, the 35th anniversary of the Esquipulas I Agreement and the 30th anniversary of SICA.

In order to enhance the impact of the knowledge generated in the call for papers, a two-day academic seminar will be held where keynote presentations will be given on the thematic areas of the three editions of the Call for Papers competition, with the participation of the winners and honorable mentions of the previous editions of the competition to present their research.

The ETEA Foundation participates in the initiative through the project Living Integration from the Academy within the framework of the Technical Assistance Program for Strategic Planning in Central America ATEPECA (EU-SICA).

Five articles awarded with a total amount of US$20,000

The five winning entries were as follows:

  • First place: “Misión Científica del Satélite Morazán: Integración regional a través de la cooperación espacial para el monitoreo del riesgo hidrometeorológico en cuencas hidrográficas centroamericanas”, by Ana María Araya Castro, Daniel Gutiérrez González, Tracy Campos Robles, María José Molina Montero, Javier Mejuto and Oliver Sierra Pac.
  • Second place: “Central America: Towards an enhanced bioeconomy through preserved biodiversity”, by Roger Midence, Francisco Serrano Bernardo and Alessandra Bonoli.
  • Third place: “A methodological framework to assist in the renewable energy policies of the Central American countries based on the Analytical Network Process (ANP)”, by Juan Carlos Murillo Castellanos.
  • Fourth place: “Industria 4.0 en Centroamérica: Estado actual y esfuerzos para su acercamiento a las PYMES ante los nuevos retos y oportunidades post COVID-19”, by Silvia Marcela Segura González.
  • Fifth place: “Central America and the Association Agreement with the European Union: A look at the use of the agreement in the trade of goods”, by Carlos Alberto Melara Cañas.
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