About ICAP

The Central American Institute of Public Administration (ICAP)

is an international organization that is a part of the Central American Integration System (SICA), and it serves the Central American region.

ICAP is SICA’s institution specialized in public administration. It is responsible for the development of academic programs that aim at modernizing the Central American Public Sector. ICAP supports the integration efforts in the region.

ICAP was created in 1954 through an international agreement, whose signatory countries are: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Currently, the Institute collaborates with member countries, including the Dominican Republic and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ICAP’s permanent headquarters is located in San José, Costa Rica. It is governed by a General Board, comprised by the Ministers of Economy of each Member Countryand two extra representatives appointed by the board.


To be the institution of the Central American Integration System specialized in the management of knowledge for innovation in organizations in order to improve public management policies at the local, national and regional levels.


ICAP’s mission is focused on strengthening human competencies, reforming and modernizing public entities, and supporting Central American integration.



To act with righteousness and probity, which includes communicating our intentions, ideas and feelings in an open and direct manner.


The ability and attitude to exceed expectations on a daily basis, always seeking to provide added value, based on constant studying and permanent search for obtaining feedback.


To show tolerance for the diversity of ideas, opinions, personalities and identities in daily interactions. An inclusive and respectful use of verbal communication in diverse environments. Respect for regulations, and compliance with what is promised, as well as managing ICAP’s information prudently.


Responsibility in the fulfillment of contracted obligations or duties, and the attitude of committing oneself in doing things in an optimum and accurate manner.


The ability to integrate, communicate and commit to team building, providing suggestions, ideas and effort in order to effectively and efficiently achieve common goals and objectives.