Businessmen Question Integration Secretary

"SIECA is currently under question, ever since the appointment of the Secretary General was made abnormally."

Friday, January 28, 2011


The Federation of Private Entities of CA, Panama and Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP), canceled a meeting with the Spanish Organizations Confederation because the meeting was sponsored by the Central American Economic Integration Department (SIECA) as part of a project which manages the Department itself.

On the letter FEDEPRICAP announces to his Spanish counterpart the cancellation of the event. Roberto Ardon Quinonez, general secretary of FEDEPRICAP: "SIECA is currently under question, since the appointment of the Secretary General was made abnormally” and that "It is not possible to continue activities with the Department until it solves this problem, we want to rectify what has been done."

Meanwhile, the Federation of Chambers of Industry and the Dominican Republic FECAICA, said in a press release:

1. His unwavering belief in the Central American integration process, as an ideal and irreversible development for the region, especially to raise the standard of living of its inhabitants.

2. Its rejection for irregularities and lack of observance of due process, transparency and respect for the institutions in appointing the Secretary General of the Central American Economic Integration Department.

3. His interest in the rectification of proceedings and a return to the institutional framework provided for appointments of the Secretary General of SIECA, in which the industrial sector will keep a close, diligent and objective watch, with respect to legal structures and institutional integration processes.

On the other hand, the alignment of forces around this issue was very clear when yesterday PARLACEN sworn in Ernesto Torres Chico as the new Secretary General of SIECA.

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SIECA Director Relieved

January 2011

At El Salvador´s request, Central American governments separated Yolanda de Gavidia from her post as Director of the Central American Economic Integration Department.

Reasons for the dismissal of the former finance minister of El Salvador were not disclosed.

Of Salvadoran citizenship, Gavidia had been appointed secretary general of SIECA for a period of four years ending in 2013.

Reasons for the Dismissal of SIECA's Director

January 2011

Having adversely affected the interests of regional bureaucracies through the process of speeding up the integration procedures could have triggered the replacement of Yolanda Mayora.

Business associations and interested groups in the economic integration of Central America are reacting against Mayora´s dismissal, who had energized the regional economic integration process.

SIECA Institutional Crisis

February 2011

The Central American Chambers of Commerce Federation called to suspend financial aid to SIECA.

In replacing Yolanda Mayora at the direction of the Central American Economic Integration Department (SIECA), FECAMCO issued the following statement:

"After 50 years aiming at regional integration in Central America, recent events in the Central American Economic Integration Department and the actions of the COMIECO Ministers as well as the Presidents of the region have deeply weakened the institutional foundations of our integration, violating legal procedures and, especially, breaking the spirit of integration of the institution which oversees the progress of this historical regional unity.

Sieca Named New Director

January 2011

Following the resignation of Yolanda Mayor, Ernesto Torres Chico was appointed director of Comieco.

The foreign ministers of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and the ministers of Comieco, except Costa Rica, accepted the resignation of Mayora de Gavidia as director of the Central American Economic Integration Department (SIEC).

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