Reasons for the Dismissal of SIECA's Director

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.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


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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.

Although there is still confusion caused by the sudden and unexplained dismissal of Yolanda Mayora from the senior leadership of the Central American Economic Integration Department (SIEC), several Central American business groups expressed concern considering the executive was not doing badly in the eyes of those who will benefit from a real and expedite economic integration of the isthmus.

Unfortunately, the signing of the agreement to remove Mayora by the Costa Rican Foreign Minister added even more confusion. Statements known in Costa Rica today showed concern for her replacement, including from the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco), the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) and their own Trade Minister, Anabel González.

On the other hand, the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP), through a statement released today, expressed its "astonishment" over the "sudden decision to dismiss" the secretary general of SIECA and considered the decision had been taken "without justification”. Businessmen believe the measure has a "negative impact" on "Central American institutions" and the commitment in the agenda created and conducted for several months with Mayora.



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