Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Havana for the ALBA Summit.  Photo: cubadebate.cu
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Havana for the ALBA Summit. Photo: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — The governments of Cuba and Venezuela just signed 62 joint projects for social and economic development in 2015, reported dpa on Sunday.

The agreements seek to “increase the number physicians to expand the health system in Venezuela by training 518 additional specialists in Cuba, as well as cooperation in sports and culture, among other areas,” noted Prensa Latina.

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, and the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Rafael Ramirez, signed the agreements Saturday afternoon prior to the tenth anniversary summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which took place today in Havana.

and recalled the first visit 20 years ago of former President Hugo Chavez to Cuba ago. “In this space the first embrace of brotherhood occurred,” he said.

Also arriving Saturday for the ALBA Summit were the presidents: Evo Morales of Bolivia, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Ecuador’s Vice President, Jorge Glas, among others.

The ALBA alliance is a block of nine countries founded in 2004 by Venezuela and Cuba in an initiative to counter the free trade agreements promoted by Washington.

The member countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela, while Haiti participates as a permanent guest.


3 thoughts on “Cuba-Venezuela Sign 62 Accords for 2015

  • Are you batty? Check the list of countries who send tourists to Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the and Grenadines. While you are at it verify that the US is Venezuela’s largest customer of oil sold at market prices. ALBA has no real purpose other than to come together once a year to spew anti-US nonsense. But then maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I missed the NY Times article where ALBA countries pushed market oil prices higher or the one about how ALBA countries came together to boycott iPhone 6s. Sometimes “it is good to be the King”.

  • The ALBA alliance holds no importance to America at all, Moses. Nor does America hold any importance to the alliance. It sounds like a fair arrangement.

  • The ALBA alliance has the economic horsepower of, say, Missouri, and so anything they do is important because….?

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