Havana, Sep 22 (PL-RHC).- The Council of Ministers of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) agreed Friday in Havana to boost six new regional projects as well as the creation of a permanent Secretary's Office of that mechanism.
These and other agreements were announced on Friday, during the closing session of the second ALBA ministerial meeting, in which they also approved three political declarations, and to boost the ALBA Bank.
Foreign Ministers Felipe Perez Roque, from Cuba; Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro; Bolivia's David Choquehuanca and the Chair of Nicaragua's Emergency Social Fund Minister Nelson Artola headed their respective countries' delegations.
Of the 39 ALBA plans, 18 are top priorities, including the creation of a regional health register, a multinational basic literacy teaching program, infrastructure development, and telecommunication improvement.
The plans also set out the creation of a joint food and agriculture program, the establishment of a food export-import company, and a center for sciences.
Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage, in charge of delivering the event's closing speech, asserted that a long, but stimulating path for the member countries can be discerned.
As stated by the vice president, the ALBA emerged to foster integration of regional nations, not markets; to put our people, human beings, over economic development figures.
He also said the ALBA should break capitalist dogmas and be guided by solidarity, keeping clear of selfish concepts, such as chauvinism and nationalism.