Central America and Caribbean CARICOM achieve security deal and promote free trade
III Summit Central America and Caribbean
The Third Summit of Heads of State of the nations of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ended yesterday with agreements to boost hemispheric security, trade agreements, economic and social cooperation.
The President of El Salvador and president pro tempore of SICA, Mauricio Funes, announced at the conclusion of the Summit that the Presidents agreed to “resume negotiations to conclude a trade agreement” between the two regions, a sort of Free Trade Agreement which will adopt the same structure as the one existing between Costa Rica and the CARICOM.
According to President Funes, the results of the summit go beyond commercial aspects to promote security and the ” exchange of experience and technical cooperation between national and regional law enforcement agencies” and “the adoption and defense of common positions in international forums.”
President Funes said it is important that Central America and the Caribbean “adopt common positions on security in future international forums”.
Funes said that the “coordinated actions we can take together serve more effectively to combat organized crime, illicit drugs, weapons and human trafficking, terrorist acts and other activities that threaten the security of our countries”.