CARICOM Building Stronger Bonds with Central and South America

One of the key meetings was held on Thursday 18th August. This was the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the two integration movements.  St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative Jacinth Henry-Martin represented St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Condor, at the meeting held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

One measure discussed as a means of strengthening the relationship was the exchange of visits by technical officers of both Secretariats. Secretary-General LaRocque of CARICOM also extended an invitation to his SICA counterpart, Juan Daniel Alemán Gurdián, to visit the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters, in Georgetown, Guyana.

Secretary-General Alemán said the Central American side was “excited that the two sub-regions had come together again”, given the opportunities that existed for synergies in a number of areas. He cited climate change, security, energy, food and nutrition, security and communications technology as areas of possible collaboration.ambassador-henry-martin

SICA membership comprises Belize, who is also a member of CARICOM, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, with the Dominican Republic as an Associated State.

Accompanying Secretary-General LaRocque on the courtesy call was CARICOM Secretariat Assistant Secretary-General Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson and Ms Glenda Itiaba, Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary-General.

A separate meeting was also held between the two Secretaries-General, on Wednesday 17th August, 2011, at the SICA headquarters.


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