SIECA Institutional Crisis

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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.

Therefore, and given the erratic work of the ministers, FECAMCO states:

1. Rejection for the procedure used to appoint the new Secretary General of SIECA.

2. COMIECO needs, as do the Presidents of Central America, to refrain from violating the provisions of the Central American Integration regulations, respecting procedures for appointing the head of SIECA.

3. Condemns the actions of the Ministers, considering that it becomes a bad precedent for Central American institutions.

4. Reverse the actions taken as soon as possible, thus avoiding further jeopardizing the progress made to date in connection with the integration of Central America.

5. Establish on record our position on the urgent necessity of restoring the credibility that had been painstakingly built in the regional integration system, so we call for international cooperation to stop any type of aid to SIECA pending the return to institutional order.

Central America, February 4, 2011 "

More on this topic

Businesses Reject Current SIECA Head

April 2011

The Federation of Central American Chambers of Commerce (FECAMCO in Spanish) demands that a new SIECA head be appointed in line with the relevant institutional guidelines.

A press release by FECAMCO states that, "the institutional foundations of Central American integration have been weakened by the failure of proper legal procedures to be followed in the appointment of the head of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)".

Transparency Requested in SIECA Finances

February 2011

The trade Minister of Costa Rica said that the "better governance process" in SIECA, initiated by Yolanda Mayora, had "raised antibodies" at the regional institution.

There is no doubt that the economic future of Central America and the possibilities of development of its people are linked to regional integration, starting with all which refers to the free exchange of goods and services and the ability to be presented to the world as a single block.

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).

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.

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