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Sep 11, 2020

Anita Zetina Selected to be SISCA’s Secretary General

Belizean Anita Zetina has been elected to the post of Secretary-General of the Secretariat of Central American Social Integration. That body is an arm of SICA which focuses on building the foundations for greater convergence of the social policies of SICA member states. It is also a technical body that promotes the coordination of inter-sectoral social policies between the Member States of SICA and the integration bodies. SISCA is also tasked at establishing regional agendas to address common challenges of sustainable development in Central America. Zetina who takes up the post in January 2021 for a four-year term boasts an impeccable and impressive record of service in areas that speak to the rights and empowerment of Belizeans, having served as Programme Director of UNICEF, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Human Development, and as head for many years of the Women’s Department. She is well-known in the country and region as a powerful voice against gender-based violence. Zetina told News Five that she was ecstatic when she got the good news on Thursday.


Anita Zetina, Secretary General, SISCA

Anita Zetina

“I feel happy. This is the work that I love. I am grateful for the Government for having inviting me to submit by CV. I am very optimistic that despite the challenges that are there will we will make a difference because that is what I want to see. And then I hear the beep, beep, beep on the phone and I am saying what is all of this. And I see that Channel Five put it on Facebook and I said, oh my goodness. I have not even told everyone because it was just yesterday afternoon that I receive the news. But I am very happy. I want to do the best to make Belize proud. I believe that one of the things that I will have to carry forward now is the recuperation plan that is being develop at this time which will then lead us to developing specific projects. I believe that  my role will be to ensure that those projects that waive comes out of that plan is creative, innovative because all regions at this time will be competing for funding. Now I know that the issues will be even more enhanced because of the pandemic. I know that the work that lies ahead of me is not going to be easy. It will be a lot of challenges but I believe my passion and my commitment to see betterment in the lives of people will be that impulse will be that drive for me to do my best and not only make a difference in the lives of people in other countries but particularly in my own country that I hold very dear.”

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