The leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Central America concluded their two-day meeting in Mexico with the Declaration of Villahermosa that buried the Puebla-Panama Plan and replaced it with the Meso-American Project.
The new initiative, like its predecessor, aims to promote regional integration so as to create more prosperous societies with improved economic infrastructure.
The presidents of the region have back-to-back meetings today in El Salvador and tomorrow in Mexico, to discuss regional integration and the re-starting of the Plan Puebla Panama.
Presidents from Central America, Mexico and Colombia will meet Saturday in the Mexican city of Villahermosa, where the theme will be Plan Puebla Panama. Lurking in the background is another topic that will likely arise: political tension between Colombia and Nicaragua.
The Puebla-Panama Plan is to be stripped of 95 percent of its projects in order to make it viable, Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa said at a meeting in Medellín of the seven countries involved.
The plan was launched by Mexico in 2001 in an effort to promote prosperity in southern Mexico and Central America. But it had taken on more projects than it could handle, Espinosa said.
With the goal of strengthening and promoting cooperation under the MesoAmerican Biofuel Project framework, which in turn is part of the Puebla to Panama Plan, Colombia's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry last September signed a memorandum of understanding on technical cooperation in biofuels with El Salvador .
To carry out the project, the ministry delivered to the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) two billion pesos to get the project started.
The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non traditional exports of Guatemalan companies.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2422-3400
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
The Central American Business Council is a London-based organisation which is working to increase significantly the current levels of trade and investment between the UK and Central America.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Central America and Dominican Republic
Phone: (0044) 207 583 8739
PRONicaragua, is the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency, established in 2002. We are a non-profit, public-private institution whose mission is to generate economic growth and job creation in Nicaragua by attracting high-quality foreign direct investment. The Agency provides complimentary support services to qualified investors seeking investment opportunities in our country.
Operates in Nicaragua
Phone: (505) 2270 6400