ALBA: Towards a single political and economic block for LatAm and the Caribbean

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alba tcpALBA is prepared to face the challenges of Member States from a progressive standpoint.   One of these challenges is the establishment, along with Petrocaribe, of an Economic Zone with the strategic goal of expanding and consolidating the Latin American and Caribbean economic and trading space and giving real opportunities of growth based on complementarity.

The union of ALBA-PTA and Petrocaribe will

  • help join efforts between South America and the Caribbean basin;
  • bolster integration of the Latin American region under humanist principles of justice, solidarity and complementarity, and
  • play a key role in the endeavours against hunger and poverty in the region.

Action Plan for Eradication of Hunger and Poverty

hugo chavez 15Thus far, two meetings of ALBA-PTA and Petrocaribe have taken place. In December 2013, the “Commander Hugo Chávez Frías Action Plan for Eradication of Hunger and Poverty” was adopted as a first step to achieve the Millennium Goals in the region. The countries also agreed to establish a Complementary Economic Zone with the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR).

Forming a Complementary Economic Zone

Consistent with this, in July 2014, during the Mercosur summit in Caracas, member countries agreed to form a Complementary Economic Zone (ZEC) with ALBA-TCP, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Petrocaribe, in order to boost their political and economic relations, promoting the development of a complementary trade, fair and balanced to meet the highest interests for the develop of the peoples.

New opportunities for economic and trade development

The establishment of this Complementary Economic Zone will bring new opportunities for economic and trade development through the implementation of joint plans and projects in the areas of energy, tourism, agribusiness, transportation and communications, among others.

Furthermore, it will make room for wider participation and linkage of the grassroots movements in the region and invigorate cultural exchange among the peoples of Our America

The creation of a single broad and strong political and economic block

The full synergy between ALBA-PTA, Petrocaribe, Mercosur and Caricom, including other mechanisms of the region, such as the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Association of Caribbean States (OCS), the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), and the South American Union of Nations (UNASUR), will pave the way for the creation of a single broad and strong political and economic block, which will consolidate the integration of Our America on the latest created Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

Source: ALBA Management Report 2004 – 2014

Tributes Pour in for Cuban Ebola Medic Infected With Virus

Heroic Dr Baez receiving urgent care as good wishes flood in

cuban health workers to join fight against ebolaTRIBUTES poured in for Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria today after he became the first medic from the island to contract Ebola.

Dr Baez was one of a 165-strong Cuban medical team sent to combat the outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cuba has also deployed a team of 53 to Liberia and 38 to Guinea.

He came down with a fever on Sunday and later tested positive for the disease, which has killed over 5,000 people in west Africa since the current outbreak began.

Dr Baez’s fellow countrymen saluted his efforts on social media.

“Whoever risks his life in this noble mission deserves all our respect and solidarity.”

“Wishing you a speedy recovery, Cuban hero!” William Becerra posted on newspaper Granma’s website, while Modesto Reyes Canto wrote: “Whoever risks his life in this noble mission deserves all our respect and solidarity.”

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ALBA Celebrates 10 Years of Solidarity and Integration

See ALBA’s Management Report here:   ALBA 2004 – 2014: 10 years consolidating solidarity and integration among the peoples of our Americas.

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Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica

“The hope of our peoples was reborn in the hands of presidents Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. The proposal of the Bolivarian alternative for the peoples of our America (ALBA) came to represent the potential launching of our nations’’.

Hugo Fidel y EvoHugo Chavez Frias
Late President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

‘‘It has occurred to us, to introduce a proposal that could be called the ALBA, the Bolivarian alternative for the peoples of our America. A new concept of integration that is not new at all: It Is about bringing back a dream that we believe is possible, It Is about a new path, It Is about a quest, for integration is certainly vital for us: either we unite or we fail. Let us then choose the alternatives’’.

Evo Morales Ayma
President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

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Guatemala: Cubans doctors treat patients at new ophthalmologic hospital

new ophthalmologic hospital in GuatemalaA new ophthalmologic hospital was opened in Mixco, municipality in the department of Guatemala, as part of Operation Miracle, a program through which Cuban specialists have treated 134,988 people since 2008.

Coordinator of the Cuban medical brigade, Manuel Torres, told Prensa Latina that the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Care, together with the Cuban collaborators, established a strategic alliance with the municipality of Mixco resulting in the inauguration of the new hospital.

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Cuba calls for sustained development support in Africa

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Rodolfo Reyes Cuba UNOn November 13, before the UN General Assembly, Cuba stated that in addition to aid to combat the Ebola epidemic, Africa needs systematic developmental support.

According to Prensa Latina, Rodolfo Reyes, Cuban ambassador to the UN, stated before the global organization, “It is important to act against Ebola, but equally necessary is designating, in a sustainable and timely manner, human resources, materials and finance for the development of Africa.”

Cuba feels united with Africa

During the encounter dedicated to updating the 193 UN member states on the Ebola situation, Reyes stated that Cuba feels united with the Africa given the unbreakable ties between both the Caribbean island and the continent.

fidel in africa 2Reyes stated that solidarity has characterized Cuba’s relations with Africa over 55 years, with more than 76,000 collaborators who have offered their services in 39 African countries, he stated during the session, in which both David Nabarro UN special envoy on Ebola, and head of the Ebola Emergency Response mission (Unmeer), Anthony Banbury, spoke.

SLEONE-CUBA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICAAccording to Reyes, the same spirit of solidarity manifested over decades drives Cuban aid efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry, nations hit by the outbreak which has to date, resulted in almost 5,200 deaths and 14,000 cases, 60% of which have been confirmed by laboratory tests.

Cuba has sent three brigades to these countries, trained 256 professionals from the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disasters and Large-Scale Epidemics, the ambassador recalled.

Reyes, added that in response to the call for help to combat the epidemic made by the UN, the thousands of Cuban health collaborators stationed across 32 African countries have, in their locations, taken action to prevent the spread of the virus.

Reyes described the outbreak as a global problem, the solution to which “must include efforts by all nations, rich and poor. But above all it constitutes a moral imperative.”

Source:  Cuba calls for sustained development support in Africa   Granma International

Renowned experts from 15 countries tackle cancer at workshop in Cuba

Source:  Granma International
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Renowned experts from 15 countries, including Nobel Prize winners for Physics, Biochemistry and Mathematics, will present the latest advances in cancer immunotherapy research, during an event which will take place in the capital November 10-15.

Speaking exclusively to the Cuban News Agency, Sonia Ponce de León, communication specialist at the Molecular Immunology Center (CIM), an entity affiliated with the BioCubaFarma group, stated that the institution organizes the International Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop every two years.

She reported that scientists from the CIM will impart the latest advances in cancer immunotherapy therapy, which since 2012 has been the principal cause of death in Cuba.

The institution develops therapeutic vaccines and monoclonal antibodies which are used to treat different areas and levels of pain, with good results, according to Cuban and foreign experts.

The most advanced technology in the world

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