Friday, June 12, 2009


ECUADOR

Integration of Ecuador into Regional Cooperation Bloc

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that Ecuador will soon join the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) regional integration and cooperation bloc.

The official incorporation of Ecuador to ALBA will take place during an upcoming meeting of the group that will be attended by the heads of state and government of the ALBA member countries.
Speaking in a television program in Caracas, the Venezuelan leader added that Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa confirmed his country’s official integration into the regional bloc.

Chavez, who announced that the meeting for the official inclusion of Ecuador will take place on June 24th in Carabobo, Venezuela, stressed that ALBA is a mechanism of integration different from any other previous process in the continent.

The Venezuelan leader recalled that its main goal is to fight poverty and social exclusion and that it is comprised of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and now Ecuador.

The agreement for the creation of the regional bloc was signed in Havana on December 14, 2004, by Chavez and the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.


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