SICA: President of Costa Rica foresees outlook of hope for the region in the face of new United States administration

On the left, Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica. Photo: Courtesy.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

"Central America will have a positive outlook in foreign policy and with clear bets on multilateralism". This is how the President of Costa Rica described, Carlos Alvarado, the future of this region's relations with the new administration of President Joe Biden, US.

The statements were given in the SICA Al Aire interview, led by the Chief of Cabinet of the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Olinda Salguero.

The President highlighted, also, that for Central America a new panorama of work with the United States is visualized. “A new moment opens up for the region, especially in its relationship with the United States., which has announced a specific policy for Central America. This renews the hope of working together with the Joe Biden administration.; trying to bring well-being to all the Central American peoples and the Dominican Republic ".

“The member countries of SICA will have opportunities for positive actions for our peoples, since the President of the United States is committed to multilateralism and regional relations ", indicated the president. In that sense, expressed “To the extent that we as Central America, and SICA, let's achieve common positions, both to coordinate and to defend our interests, we can achieve better results in our relationship with the United States as a partner. This will translate into regional and multilateral advantages ".

further, reiterated the stakes that Costa Rica has for the region during its Pro Tempore Presidency at SICA (PPT-SICA), for the period from January to June 2021, how to reactivate the post-pandemic economy and face, also, the problems of climate change in the region, among others.

The president affirmed that integration is the tool to generate concrete benefits to the Central American population. In this sense, he highlighted some achievements that have solved several common challenges..

He referred to the role of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) what, against the pandemic generated by COVID-19, It has been a common cooperation tool for countries to have the possibility of financing and donating virus detection equipment; as well as financially support the regional recovery.

“We see how the integration of a Bank that is supported and financed by SICA partners, among other cooperators, brings concrete benefits to the region. This is the result of integration, is a strong example ", he explained.

further, He added that another achievement of integration is the issue of transportation., mobility and rail connections for all of Central America. This initiative will boost the economy, the joint work of the region in phytosanitary matters and will bring benefits for the Central American electricity market, among others.

He recalled that this year has a special relevance for commemorating the Bicentennial of the Independence of most of the member countries of SICA, and the 35 years since the signing of the Esquipulas Peace Accords, milestones that coincide with 30 years of SICA.

Therefore, he stated that these are times to continue working as a bloc in different international forums., with the aim of bringing well-being to all peoples. He stressed that “As a region we have more strength when we are united; as a block we weigh more when we are united ".

The Secretary General of SICA, Vinicio Cerezo, has also highlighted the potential and importance of integration, especially in the face of challenges such as the pandemic. The most recent result, thanks to this process, has been the design and implementation of the Regional Contingency Plan against Coronavirus; that was born under the dialogue and advice of the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of SICA, as a complementary response to the actions taken by each country.

Among other topics, the president of Costa Rica also referred to the fact that the region must bet on educational quality, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and institutional strengthening for its development, which are also Costa Rican bets during the PPT.

further, referred to the political dialogue in the region, as a key tool to overcome crisis, be stronger and more resilient; for which he said that it is important to continue strengthening and deepening the political dialogue, which is one of the work axes that this member country has during the PPT.

On the other hand, Secretary General Cerezo highlighted in the interview that integration "is not a luxury, it is an imminent need to have greater possibilities of development. In fact, are, with all the challenges that we have to face, the most successful integration process in the developing world and we want people to understand it better and learn much more about the benefits that integration already brings to their lives ".