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FOPREL & SICA sign MOU to Tackle Economic Integration and Climate Change.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker-Longsworth, recently traveled to El Salvador for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). The objective of the MOU is to foster capacity building between the two regional institutions in the areas of social and economic integration and climate change among other issues. At the meeting, there were also discussions on how the two regional institutions can work together on harmonizing a regional agenda in the areas of nutrition and food security. Belize currently holds the Protem Presidency of SICA, while the Congress of Honduras holds the Protem Presidency of FOPREL. Those present at the signing ceremony included the Secretary General of SICA, His Excellency Vinicio Cerezo; the President of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, Honourable Norman Quijano, who represented the Protem President of FOPREL; and the Executive Secretary of FOPREL, Dr. Santiago Rivas Leclair. The Executive Director of SICA, Werner Vargas, and the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador, Margaret Juan, were also present at the signing ceremony.