Havana, December 17 (RHC) – Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel is in Caracas, heading the island’s delegation to the Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas, ALBA, and PetroCaribbe regional integration initiatives.
Diaz-Canel has gone on record stating that Cuba supports all efforts by organizations committed to Latin American integration in favor of increasing regional development and unity.
Such entities have played an increasingly important role. In just nine years they have had an impact on our societies, said Diaz-Canel referring to the Cuba-Venezuela integral cooperation accord, under which over 30,000 health professionals and more than 10,000 experts in other sectors are offering their services in Venezuela.
Diaz-Canel expressed support for the political coordination mechanisms operating under the Bolivarian Alliance that promote the bloc’s position on developments in the Americas and the world.
Cuba’s first vice president, accompanied by Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca and by Cuba ambassador to Caracas Rogelio Polanco, highlighted the victory of the Bolivarian forces at the recent December 8th municipal elections in Venezuela. The delegation then visited an Integral Medical Diagnostic Center in the state of Miranda where they listened to the experiences of Cuban health professionals, who are working in vulnerable economic areas of the country.
The regional summit is to debate a complementary economic zone common to the Bolivarian Alliance and Petrocaribe blocs together with future joint programs with the Mercosur Common Market.
The ALBA-Petrocaribe Summit coincides with the Ninth Anniversary of the Foundation of ALBA, which represents Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Ecuador, St, Vincent and the Grenadines plus Antigua and Barbuda.
The Petrocaribe group has eighteen members: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guiana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, St Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St, Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam and Venezuela.