TR (Bz) - Belize sits at SICA head table among neighbours
The Reporter (Bz)
Belize sits at SICA head table among neighbours
Friday, 19 January 2007
Belize will once again serve as President for SICA after a four year break, in an effort to break the barrier that exit between the Caribbean and the other Central American countries.
On Thursday last the Government of Belize held a press conference at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza on the Northern Highway to receive an update on the accomplishments of SICA from the Secretary General, H.E. Anibal Quinonez. Belize’s six month plan as head of the organisation was also shared.
The conference, which will run for two days was also an opportunity for Quinonez to inform Belize of its responsibilities as the president.Each country is responsible for carrying out the regional agenda, organising and chairing the meetings related to SICA issues.
As part of the regional agenda Belize will address matters of regional security, in particular those related to cross border organised crimes.
Belize will also be responsible for leading major activities of the major organs of SICA, such as the ordinary and Extra-ordinary Summits of Heads of State and Government of its member states.
Such responsibilities will include ministerial and technical meetings, represent and speak on behalf of the region at international meetings and forums, where SICA member states participate.
Belize’s primary object will involve the lobbying for better relations between CARICOM countries and those of Central America.
The role of presidency is rotated among member states every six months and during its Presidency, Belize will seek more active involvement within SICA to improve its political and trade co-operation relations within the region.
Belize’s appointment will last from January to June of 2007. The country last served in this capacity in 2003.