The Central American Maritime Transport Commission (COCATRAM) is a specialized organization that is a permanent part of the institutional structure of the Central American Integration System (SICA). It has its own board of directors and is based in the city of Managua, Nicaragua.
COCATRAM will have the following bodies, in hierarchical order:
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is collegial and the highest body in COCATRAM. It is responsible for managing the body and is made up of Delegates and their Alternates from the governments of the different States that are full members and from the regional private sector linked to its activities… (). – Statutes – Article 23.
The Presidency of COCATRAM will rotate every 12 months among its member countries in the following order: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The heads of the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, in the role of President and Vice-President, respectively, will be the Delegates of the governments of the countries to which the presidency and vice-presidency correspond in turn. If the country has only designated one Delegate to the Board of Directors, that person will occupy the post. The transfer of the presidency and vice-presidency to the different countries will take place during the ordinary session of the month of August each year. – Statutes – Article 24.
Otto G. Noack Sierra
Director of Maritime and Port Affairs
Marcela M. Sánchez Brenes
Administrative and Financial Director
Hugo López Sánchez
SICA’S INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE
The Central American Integration System (SICA) is the institutional framework for Central American regional integration, created by the States of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Later, Belize and the Dominican Republic joined as full members in 2000 and 2013, respectively. Its main objective is to implement Central America’s integration to establish it as a region of peace, liberty, democracy and development.
SICA was created on December 13, 1991, through the signing of the Protocol to the Charter of the Organization of Central American States (ODECA), or the Tegucigalpa Protocol. This Protocol reformed the ODECA Charter signed in Panama on December 12, 1962, and SICA formally started functioning on February 1, 1993. The headquarters of SICA’s General Secretariat, Central American House, is located in the Republic of El Salvador.
In 2010, the process of Central American integration was relaunched when the heads of state and government of SICA’s member countries identified the region’s priority areas: democratic security, climate change and comprehensive risk management, social integration, economic integration, and institutional capacity-building.
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