The Association of Caribbean States congratulates Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on their independence anniversary

On 15 September 1821, after years of an active independence movement, independence from Spain was declared in Guatemala City. In 1823 the Federal Republic of Central America was formed. The Federal Republic included present-day Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All five countries are founding members of the ACS.

Central America is one of the four sub-groupings of ACS Membership, which also includes: Group of Three, Caricom and Ungrouped. Central America has been heavily involved in the work of the ACS. Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have hosted ACS Ministerial Council Meetings and/or ACS Heads of State/Government Summits. All Central American countries have served on the Executive Boards of the Ministerial Committee or the Special Committees in the ACS focal areas.

About the ACS

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean. Its Member States are Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, (France on behalf of French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin ), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten, (The Netherlands on behalf of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius ), Turks and Caicos.