Taiwan was honored with a friendship medal marking the country’s 25 years of promoting social integration in member states of the Central American Integration System (SICA) Sept. 24 at Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Managua.
During a ceremony presided over by Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Li-jey Tsao, Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada and SICA Secretary General Vinicio Cerezo, the medal was received by Taiwan’s Ambassador to Nicaragua Jaime Wu. Johana Flores, Nicaragua’s Minister of Family, Children and Youth, presented the medal on behalf of SICA as the country currently holds Presidency Pro-tempore of the organization.
Tsao, who attended the ceremony via videoconference, expressed appreciation for SICA’s recognition. The Taiwan government will continue contributing to allies and like-minded partners in Central America on the basis of ongoing collaboration, he added.
Echoing his remarks, Moncada and Cerezo both said the honor is a token of gratitude for Taiwan’s efforts to enhance social integrity, boost women’s empowerment and manage COVID-19 in Central America.
The occasion also marked the signing of a document confirming Taiwan’s second donation to an SICA project aiming to realize U.N. sustainable development goals in the region through innovative social policies addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.
Established in 1991, SICA is the institutional framework of regional integration in Central America. Its member states include Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. (YCH-E)
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