Five research projects awarded in the third edition of the "Call For Papers"


The 174 applications contribute with their research to the integration process from the region's society's point of view.

Tegucigalpa, February 10, 2021.- The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), The Central American Integration System (SICA) General Secretary and the Central American Economic Integration Secretary (SIECA) awarded the five winners of the Call For Papers, as well as ten honorable mentions to the most outstanding research papers.

The virtual event was presided over by CABEI Acting Executive President, Jaime Díaz; SICA Secretary General, Vinicio Cerezo; and SIECA Secretary General, Melvin Redondeo.

During the award ceremony, CABEI Acting Executive President Jaime Díaz emphasized that these articles promote Central American integration, an essential aspect for achieving a competitive Central America. "At CABEI, we promote knowledge and work to create and implement sustainable opportunities."

The awards went to the following articles:

-First place "Scientific Mission of the Morazán Satellite: Regional integration through space cooperation for the monitoring of hydrometeorological risk in Central American watersheds" by Ana María Araya Castro, Costa Rican; Daniel Gutiérrez González, Costa Rican; Tracy Campos Robles, Costa Rican; María José Molina Montero, Costa Rican; Javier Mejuto, Honduran; and Oliver Sierra Pac, Guatemalan.

-Second place "Central America: Towards an enhanced bioeconomy through preserved biodiversity" by Roger Midence, Nicaraguan; Francisco Serrano Bernardo, Spanish and Alessandra Bonoli, Italian.

-Third place "A methodological framework to assist in the renewable energy policies of the Central American countries based on the Analytical Network Process (ANP)" by Juan Carlos Murillo Castellanos, Honduran.

-Fourth place "Industry 4.0 in Central America: Current status and efforts to bring it closer to PYMES in view of the new post-COVID-19 challenges and opportunities" by Silvia Marcela Segura González, Costa Rican.

-Fifth place: "Central America and the Association Agreement with the European Union: A look at the use of the agreement in the trade of goods" by: Carlos Alberto Melara Cañas, Salvadoran.  

In this edition, 10 honorable mentions were also recognized among the most outstanding research papers, according to the program's criteria, which are acknowledged with an accreditation certificate.

The event was supported by four strategic partners: the European Union (EU), the ETEA Foundation, the Development Institute of the Loyola Andalucía University, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO).