Economic integration

The Secretary General of the Central American Economic Integration System visits Belize, meets with Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay and visits the Spanish Lookout

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 9:08 a.m. CST.

Photo credit: GOB Press Office

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Secretary General of the Central American Economic Integration System (SIECA), Francisco Lima Mena, made a official visit to Belize on August 29-30, 2022, according to a press release from the Government of Belize (GOB) Press Office.

“The Secretary General had a bilateral meeting with Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, which included discussions on the feasibility of Belize joining SIECA,” the GOB PressOffice said.

“Prospects for Belize to participate in certain elements of SIECA were also discussed, including the Central American Payments System and Trade Facilitation Platform through their 2035 Mobility and Logistics Master Plan.”

The press office said Foreign Minister Courtenay and Secretary General Lima Mena reaffirmed their commitment that Belize will pursue closer participation in SIECA. They also agreed to advocate for closer relations between CARICOM and SIECA.

Lima Mena and her delegation met with members of the Spanish Lookout Chamber of Commerce and visited a number of key production facilities in Belize, namely the Quality Poultry Chicken and Western Dairies milk processing plants.

Secretary General Mena discussed economic integration with the National Trade Negotiation Commission. They also reviewed progress in trade facilitation and opportunities for Belize and the private sector to increase trade relations with Central America.

During his meeting with Secretary General Lima Mena, Minister Courtenay was joined by Ambassador Amalia Mai, Director General of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Jose Apluche, Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala; Andy Sutherland, general manager of foreign trade; and other senior trade officials.

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