Canada, the United States and Mexico recognize that successfully addressing security challenges in the Americas benefits all citizens in the hemisphere.
In keeping with this goal, leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico announced the establishment of the Central American Integration System (SICA)-North America dialogue on April 2, 2012, during the sixth North American Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C.
Canada’s participation in the SICA-North America Dialogue is consistent with the importance Canada places on its engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean and the necessity to enhance security, democracy and the rule of law in the region.
The SICA-North America Dialogue will:
- bolster security in Central America;
- strengthen regional cooperation and efforts against transnational criminal organizations;
- seek to avoid duplication of efforts to deliver measureable and effective results; and
- provide SICA and its international partners with an opportunity to collaborate on regional security projects.
Future topics of discussion include the potential for cooperation on capacity-building initiatives in the region, which would further advance the objectives of the Group of Friends of Central America process in which Canada, the United States and Mexico are actively engaged. The Friends of Central America process brings together a large number of partner countries and institutions to improve donor coordination and avoid duplication of efforts to strengthen security in Central America.
The proposal to establish the dialogue on security between North and Central America arose at the North American Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Wakefield, Québec, in December 2010.
The Central American Integration System was deemed to be the best mechanism to facilitate such a dialogue. The United States and Mexico were already engaged in dialogues with SICA, and the decision was made to merge these dialogues and create a single
SICA-North America Security Dialogue, which would also incorporate Canada.