HAVANA, July 30 – The Summit of heads of state and government of the countries making up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA), underway in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, is focusing on the bloc’s foreign policy in an effort to expand the integration of nations.
In a communique issued on Tuesday, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry announced the presentation at the summit of issues related to what was described as inclusive and participatory integration; based on respect for human dignity, economic development and the right of nations to self-determination, their defense of sovereignty, according to a report by PL news agency.
The expansion of the bloc’s currency SUCRE, a regional and unitary compensation monetary system, the Comon Fund of Reserves and the strengthening of social programs are among the major topics on the Ecuadorian agenda for the summit.
The ALBA leaders are meeting at the Milton Colon hotel Tuesday morning, and they will continue their debates at the Voltaire Paladines Polose Coliseum in the afternoon, where they will share with members of social organizations.
The Guayaquil summit gathers the heads of state and governments and representatives of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Lucia.
Meanwhile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Surinam, Guayana and Haiti are guests to the meeting.