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CELAC heads to begin arriving in Havana next week
Published on January 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The heads of state and government who will take part at the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Cuba will begin arriving in Havana on January 27.

According to the event’s agenda, the inaugural session will take place in the morning of January 28, at the Pabexpo exhibit ground, which will host all activities of the summit.

The regional meeting will focus on the problems currently pending on the region, such as hunger, poverty and social inequalities and at the same time it will consider strategies to deal with such realities.

Prior to the summit, national experts and foreign ministers will hold their own gatherings January 25-27. Meanwhile, the first ladies attending the regional forum will meet an agenda that will include tours of places of social, cultural and scientific interest. They will visit the Immunological Assay Center, the Old Section of Havana, a school for autistic children and Cuban Arts Gallery at the Fine Arts Museum.

CELAC was set up in 2011 in Caracas. The bloc has been considered as the most important institutional event in the region. The first summit of the community took place in 2012 in Santiago de Chile, in which Cuba assumed the pro-tempore presidency, to be passed over to Costa Rica in the upcoming forum.

The summit will be very positive for regional integration, said Cuban deputy foreign minister Abelardo Moreno.

“The Community promotes unity amid diversity and I’m convinced that the summit will yield very positive results for Latin America and the Caribbean and for the common goal of strengthening Latin American integration,” said Moreno.

In statements to local television the government official said that the pro-tempore mandate of Cuba in the community met its objectives. He noted that Cuba focused on both political activity and the holding of different forums.

Moreno referred to the CELAC education ministers’ forum in Havana last year, which particularly focused on the need to eradicate illiteracy in the region, as well as the meeting of culture ministers with the bloc, who defined the position of Latin America that culture is crucial for development.

He also mentioned other ministerial meetings under the Cuban pro-tempore presidency, such as the forums of ministers of finance, the environment and energy. The latter one was very important since it looked at improving the energy systems of the countries of the region.
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