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Today, Prime Minister Hon. John Brice�o received the Presidency Pro-Tempore (PPT) of the Central American Integration System (SICA) from the outgoing PPT, Mr. Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona, President of the Dominican Republic, at the LVI Meeting of Heads of State and Government of SICA held in Santiago de Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Brice�o congratulated the Dominican Republic for its accomplishments during the term of its presidency and pledged Belize's full support in advancing the efforts of the Dominican Republic on the implementation of SICA's regional agenda.

As the PPT, Belize will be steering the regional integration process based on the five priority pillars of SICA integration, which are economic and social integration, institutional strengthening, democratic security, climate change and sustainable development. Along with these pillars, Belize will also focus on issues high on its national development agenda such as climate change, food security, migration, and deeper engagement with CARICOM and SICA.
Prime Minister Brice�o was accompanied by Hon. Eamon H. Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration; Ambassador Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and Mr. Alfonso Gahona, Director of International Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Belize's presidency will be for the first six months of 2023. The country last held the PPT of SICA in 2018.