SIECA, SICA General Secretariat and CABEI distinguish studies prepared for Call for Papers 2019

This collaborative initiative among the SICA instances seeks to multiply the positive impacts of specialized research on regional integration.
This collaborative initiative among the SICA instances seeks to multiply the positive impacts of specialized research on regional integration.

Central American entities highlight the contribution of studies on issues related to Central American integration.

Central America, October 29, 2019. The study entitled, "Decarbonization of the Economy: A Diagnosis of the Current State of Climate Change Policies in Central America, by Mauricio Esaú Flores," was the winner of the second Call for Papers event in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI).

Second place went to the work denominated, "Integration of Sustainable Cultural Heritage Real Estate Management: Challenges and Opportunities for the Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA)," which was prepared by Henry Leonel Cárcamo Macoto and María José Viñals Blasco.

The award ceremony was attended by SICA General Secretary, Marco Vinicio Cerezo; CABEI Executive Vice President ad interim, Nadia Baldelomar; and Center of Studies on Economic Integration (CEIE) Director, Eduardo Espinoza.

SIECA Secretary General, Melvin Redondo stated that, “The proposals presented offer a cross-cutting standpoint of Central America from outside the institutional regional integration framework, which presents an ideal opportunity for them to be considered as possible policies to be implemented by higher authorities involved in the process of Central American integration and to support their wide dissemination."

During his speech, CABEI Executive Vice President ad interim, Nadia Baldelomar commented that, "The Bank's participation in this initiative is another example of its commitment to regional integration and demonstrates that, in these times of great economic, social and environmental challenges, it is absolutely essential to join efforts and share knowledge and experiences with other institutions.”

For his part, SICA Secretary General, Vinicio Cerezo, reiterated that, “The region has great academic potential that could be used strategically to streamline its development processes. The event "Call for Papers" focuses on thinking about a UNITED CENTRAL AMERICA. Given the global social and geopolitical context, it is necessary to rescue the region’s strategic value, as well as its political dialogue. Under this process, academia plays a key and indispensable role for the transformation of the SICA member countries, by means of reflection, analysis and debate on the main obstacles and challenges of the System.”

During the event's second edition, 190 applications were received from authors residing in more than 19 countries. Two winners were chosen and nine honorable mentions were given. Topics discussed included the customs union, cultural heritage, digital economy, Central America's creative industry, regional security, climate change, decarbonization in Central America and system governance and bioeconomics, among others.