Central American Integration, Focus of San Salvador Summit

San Salvador, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The Central American Integration System (SICA) is holding its 37th ordinary summit meeting Friday.

El Salvador Hosts Regional Conference on Prevention of Risks

At the meeting, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom will report on the work of his country as the bloc’s pro tempore president in the first half of this year, and then transfer the presidency to Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes for the rest of the year.

“We will fine tune aspects of the regional agenda we signed a year ago when the Central American integration process was re-launched in San Salvador,” Funes said.

Two of those issues are climate change and risk management, which El Salvador will prioritize during its leadership of the bloc, along with security and the fight against organized crime.

Funes said Thursday that he would take forward the Central American integration process, so that it would advance and not be reduced to a formality.

According to the agenda, the arrival of presidents is scheduled for Friday morning, and later, they will hold open and private working sessions.

At the end of the meeting this afternoon, the presidents will sign a statement on the outcome of the summit, and hold a news conference.

The SICA, founded in 1991, comprises Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Dominican Republic, as an associated state.

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