Mayora de Gavidia to Continue Leading SIECA

Yolanda Mayora de Gavidia will continue to lead the Central American Economic Integration Secretary.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The decision was made by the Council of Ministers of Economy of Central America, reversing the decision made by 4 regional Presidents to oust Mayora as head of the agency for economic integration.

"By failing to appoint a new secretary, the current executive will continue in office," stated Erick Coyoy, Guatemala´s Minister of Economy.

"Now, the continuation in office of De Gavidia goes back to the Central American Presidents which in a forthcoming meeting, at the request of any country, could again recommend the dismissal," explains

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Costa Rica Files Appeal for Reinstatement in SIECA Case

January 2011

The Government filed a motion to rescind the appointment of Ernesto Torres Chico as head of SIECA.

"What we're asking for is the application of due process, transparency and respect for institutions, so not to impose a Secretary General in violation of the procedures and mechanisms established in the Central American instruments" said Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel González.

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).

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 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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