Costa Rica Ready to Host CELAC Summit

Costa Rica assumed the presidency of CELAC in 2014 and will hand over the presidency to Ecuador at the upcoming summit.

Acting foreign minister of Costa Rica, Eduardo Trejos, told Prensa Latina that everything is ready for the Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will be held in Costa Rica January 28 to 29, 2015.

The meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the foreign ministers of the member countries January 27.Leaders pose for a family photo during the CELAC summit in Caracas

Photo above: First CELAC Summit held in Caracas Venezuela, December 2011CELAC 2 SUmmit

Photo: Second CELAC Summit held in Havana, Cuba, January 2014

Trejos stated that the 33 heads of State and Government of member countries are expected to attend. CELAC was created in December 2011 on the impetus of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

chavez y skerritThe late Venezuelan president sought to forge regional alliances and blocs such as CELAC, UNASUR and ALBA in order to break free of U.S. dominance in the region. Unlike the Organization of American States, the imperialist powers in the region, the U.S. and Canada, are not member countries. 

Foreign ministers from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean member states recently met in Beijing for the two-day CELAC-China summit. China committed to invest USD$250 billion over the next decade in the 33 countries that make up the CELAC body.

china celac ministerial meeting jan 2015 5

Source:  Costa Rica Ready to Host CELAC Summit  TeleSUR

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