President Pepe Lobo met with President Sebastián Piñera of Chile, and Chilean business entrepreneurs in Santiago, ahead of the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in the capital of Chile, from the 26th through the 28th of January.
President Lobo Sosa and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations, including support for safety, education, and technical and financial support to develop agricultural programs that benefit Honduran small businesses.
President Lobo traveled with the First Lady Rosa Elena de Lobo, Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, Private Secretary to the Minister Reinaldo Sanchez, and Executive Director of the Presidential Office, Diana Valladares. Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Melvin Redondo and the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortes (CCIC) Fernando Jaar, also attended.
At the summit, CELAC member countries and representatives of the European Union agreed upon a joint action plan. EU-CELAC ACTION PLAN 2013-2015
Central American heads of state and other government figures took advantage of the opportunity to meet with various representatives of the European Union in attendance.
A summit between the presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the representatives of the EU was held on Saturday in Pablo Riesco Rokha Space Center, where the leaders and delegates discussed the Association Agreement signed between the two regions that will take effect this year.
This was the first time the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean were clustered into a single organization comprised of 33 countries, where the main objective was to create a strategic alliance to seek sustainable development of the region.