LatAm, Carib Officials Analyze Energy Integration

Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Ministers and high-ranking officials in the region analyze Friday in this capital a statement on energy issues that enrich the foundational documents of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The forum’s ministerial segment reviews the accords reached Thursday by experts of delegations, who debated the issues in work sessions for several hours.

The agenda includes energy security themes such as stable supply and infrastructure development, as well as solidarity, complementariety and alternative sources.

For Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, the meeting that will conclude today at Caracas’ Melia Hotel is an important contribution to the summit to be run here July 5-6 for the founding of the CELAC, a genuinely regional bloc that excludes the United States and Canada.

“We have common problems, hence the need to establish a unity mechanism capable of reducing asymmetries that historically brought poverty and delay to Latin America and the Caribbean,” Ramirez said.

The energy meeting follows others held in this capital during the last weeks that tackled social, political and environmental issues.

The accords reached in those meetings will be part of the political document of the CELAC, a community that will also include a procedure text and a statement in defense of democracy, destined to protect member countries from coups d’Etat in the region.

This integrationist bloc that will be founded in July, coinciding with the bicentennial of the Venezuelan Independence, was created in 2010 in Cancun, Mexico, during a meeting of the Rio Group.

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