Belmopan. July 2nd, 2018. On Saturday, June 30th, 2018 the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received, on behalf of Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, the Presidency Pro Tempore (PPT) of the Central American Integrated System (SICA) for the next six months.
Belize assumed the presidency from the outgoing PPT, the President of the Dominican Republic, at the LI Meeting of Heads of State and Government of SICA, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In his remarks, Minister Elrington congratulated the Dominican Republic for its stellar leadership of the SICA during the term of its Presidency, and in particular for its focus on the mandates of social integration, and on the enhancement of inter-regional trade and investment. Minister Elrington pledged Belize’s full support in advancing the efforts of the Dominican Republic on the implementation of SICA’s regional agenda.
Minister Elrington also informed that Belize will seek to consolidate the strengthening of relationships between CARICOM and SICA particularly in areas of shared priorities. Belize intends to focus on the agreed initiative to develop a Plan of Action that addresses the social economic, cultural and political development of the people of the Afro-Descendants in line with SICA’s commitment to the objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent.
Minister Elrington ended his remarks by highlighting the need for continuous engagement and awareness on the gains of SICA’s integration to the peoples of the region.
Belize last held the PPT in 2014. In December 2018 it will be handing over the Presidency Pro Tempore to the Government of Guatemala.