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Central America: A Region Open to the World

On the other hand, there are people who claim that the Plan has been developed without paying much attention to the regional institutional framework, this being a factor that has impaired the operative aspect of the project, and, in some areas, has also contributed to duplicate functions being carried out by other regional agencies, such as the Central American Integration System (SICA) or the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). What is more, if the project had counted on its own institutional framework, it would have not marched in lockstep with the ups and downs of the regional political affairs. When asked about this issue, other leaders affirmed, in a more emphatic way, that this initiative has become the “wish box� of the presidents and that projects are accepted even though the countries lack the respective funding. This situation does not only weaken the strategic purpose of the PPP, but also holds back the process to define priorities. In general terms, the PPP is not a well known project in the region, where both the private sector and the general population have the feeling that they have had a marginal participation. However, they also recognize that under the light of the project there are many proposals of major significance for the region, such as the ones related to infrastructure and energy development.

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