Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Bolivarian Way

ALBA proves the Construction of a New World, said Ecuador´s Rafael Correa

The Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas (ALBA) is the proof of the ongoing construction of a new world, said Ecuador´s President Rafael Correa after signing the document that made official his country´s joining of the regional integration mechanism.

During the extraordinary ALBA Summit, underway in Maracay, Venezuela President Correa said that “some 200 years ago our republics started their march towards independence and today we understand that the best homage we can pay to that independence effort is subscribing our membership to this integration mechanism.”

Following the reading of a document of intention by Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Fander Falconi, Correa stamped his signature making his country the seventh member of the regional integration bloc, Venezuelan media reported.

After the resounding failure of the US-led Free Trade Area of the Americas we will negotiate treaties in the interest of our countries´development, said the Ecuadoran President, who considers the ALBA a historic process aimed at promoting equality and the best use of natural resources by Latin American countries.

Along with Ecuador Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda joined the Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas, which now has nine member states.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday that the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) represents an opportunity for the peoples of the continent to build a united Americas.

According to the Bolivarian News Agency, upon arriving at the Libertador Air Force Base in the Venezuelan state of Aragua for the 6th ALBA Extraordinary Summit that takes place in Maracay today, Correa added that the advantage of belonging to this regional bloc for integration and cooperation is that its members have a space to defend, with one united voice, the interests of the region and thus build a new world order.

Correa stressed that, with Ecuador’s entry into ALBA, the dream of Simon Bolivar and so many other Latin American independence leaders, who fought for “our big homeland, our united Americas,” is coming true.The South American head of state affirmed that Ecuador’s incorporation into the regional bloc also serves to consolidate the integrationist mechanism.

The Ecuadorian leader highlighted the importance of unity for Latin American and Caribbean peoples and, in this sense, he recalled the experience of the recently held General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in San Pedro Sula, El Salvador, where they led a successful struggle to pass a resolution lifting the OAS’s 1962 suspension of Cuba.

During the ALBA meeting on Wednesday, Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda, will officially become full members of the organization that is already comprised of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominica.

The meeting has a symbolic element as it coincides with another anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, which sealed Venezuela’s independence from Spain in 1821.

The ALBA initiative was launched for the first time by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States in Margarita Island, Venezuela, in December 2001.

The Bolivarian Alternative for The Americas (ALBA) is currently working on a grand-national plan to unite efforts in the basic industry sector.

In an interview with Prensa Latina news agency, Venezuela’s Minister for Basic Industry and Mining, Rodolfo Sanz, affirmed that there are good perspectives for cooperation beyond trade.

I’ve received instructions from President Hugo Chavez to explore all potential areas in the fields of mining and basic industry feasible for integration and cooperation, pointed out Sanz, who is participating in the Extraordinary Summit of ALBA, underway in Maracay, Venezuela.

Sanz stressed that this scheme goes not only through the integration of markets, but that it’s also productive in a complementary framework, taking the potential of each member of the organization as a starting point.

Now we have to identify what Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia can produce that we can’t, so Venezuela can be their market and vice versa, a kind of intra-ALBA market, underlined Sanz.

In this regard, the Venezuelan Minister pointed out that there are good perspectives, considering each nation’s riches, among which he mentioned Bolivia’s gas and iron reserves; Ecuador’s gold, tin and other minerals; Nicaragua’s forest reserves, and Cuba’s nickel and other lines.

In the field of basic industry we have a whole world to explore, a group of possibilities for the setting up of joint ventures that will deepen cooperation and production between our countries, he said.

Ecuador, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbuda, will join ALBA as full members during this Extraordinary ALBA Summit, underway at some 100 kilometers from Caracas.

Along with Bolivia, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, these nations will be included in this social and economic cooperation mechanism for member nations to complement each other, based on the principle of mutual respect.

Cuban News Agency

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