Guatemala Participated in Sica-Caricom Meeting

The meeting took place in Belize.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Daniel Coromac -AGN.- Guatemala participated in the 90th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Central American Integration System -Sica- and the Caribbean Community -Caricom-.

Representatives of the nations attended the meeting to address issues of mutual interest. This time, under the slogan “We love what unites us.”

Guatemala’s Participation

Given the effects of climate change on the region’s nations, it was a priority topic on the agenda, and the members decided to work jointly and immediately to reduce the impact of this phenomenon. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex-, they reached agreements on several matters.

There was also consensus to develop common approaches on: 

  • Cooperation between the European Union -EU- and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States -CELAC-.
  • Promoting common demands at COP28
  • Working together on sargassum (macroalgae in ocean currents)
  • Bridgetown initiative (on the debt crisis)
  • The Haiti situation
  • Coordinated efforts with the Association of Caribbean States -ACS-

Political and Economic Dialogue

During the meeting, members of SICA and Caricom promoted the continuity of alliances between their nations, highlighting the importance of close diplomatic relations for the region’s development and the positive consequences of friendship between neighboring countries and its economic benefits.

In this regard, Senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Kamina J. Smith, commented on social media, “This dialogue allows us to discuss common issues and learn from each other. We can identify collaboration opportunities in trade relations and develop joint mechanisms to make a positive impact in our communities.”

Countries expect that more agreements will be reached as a region to achieve common goals, embracing the region’s diversity.

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