Within the framework of the Extraordinary Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Ministers of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic agreed on March 26, 2020 to approve the Regional Contingency Plan aimed at complementing national efforts for the prevention, containment and treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other rapidly spreading diseases.
This Plan will allow coordinated efforts and synergies to be articulated around the axes of Health and Risk Management, Trade and Finance, Security, Justice and Migration, and Strategic Communication and management of international cooperation.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Solano Quirós, expressed his support for the content of the Plan, and assured that, “the monitoring and implementation of the actions in an efficient and effective manner is transcendental for the benefit of the population. It is necessary to address the region’s productivity in the long term, so concrete actions must be carried out aimed at the most vulnerable populations and with the support of development partners, have a roadmap for the implementation of the economic recovery. ”
Foreign Minister Solano Quirós emphasized the concern of citizens of SICA member countries who are in other countries in the region, and the need to establish safe measures for their transfer to their countries of origin.
Likewise, in close coordination with the corresponding national institutions, it will monitor the implementation and execution of this valuable regional effort.
The regional contingency plan contemplates more than 1900 million dollars for initiatives in the aforementioned areas, according to SICA and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).
The Costa Rican delegation was composed, in addition to the Foreign Minister Solano Quirós, by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Affairs, Christian Guillermet Fernández, the Director General of Foreign Policy, Alejandra Solano Cabalceta and the Head of the Department of International Organizations, Circe Villanueva Monge.