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Havana is ready to welcome, on December 13 and 14, the heads of state or government of the nine nations that are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).

 Representatives from Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Honduras, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will examine the Peoples’ Trade Treaties (PTT) and the Grand National enterprises, among other important aspects.
The high level meeting, slated for Sunday and Monday, will be a favourable moment to hold exchanges on economic and commercial projects by way of which countries in the region can complement each other, while it will reaffirm the political coordination capacity achieved by the ALBA-PTT to deal with issues of regional or global scope, according to a report by Telesur.
Prior to the meeting of heads of state and heads of delegations, the meeting of experts will take place at Havana’s Palco Hotel on Friday, while on Saturday the meeting of Foreign Ministers of ALBA member nations will be held at the Cuban capital’s Convention Centre.
This new edition of the ALBA Summit was convened by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during the previous one, held in October in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and will be held within the framework of celebrations for the 5th anniversary of the founding of this mechanism for regional integration.
The organization was officially created in Havana on December 14, 2004, when the
constituent documents were signed by Chavez and the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
Among activities carried out parallel to the Summit will be the inauguration of the ALBA Cultural Centre, where the ALBA 2009 Prizes will be given to intellectuals Frei Betto and León Ferrari.

Source: ACN

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