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Rousseff arrives in Cuba for CELAC meet
January 27, 2014, 11:55 am

Cuba will host the entire continent of the Americas, except the US and Canada who have not been invited, at the 2nd Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean Community of States (CELAC) to be held on January 28-29 [Image Courtesy: CELAC]

Cuba will host the entire continent of the Americas, except the US and Canada who have not been invited, at the 2nd Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean Community of States (CELAC) to be held on January 28-29 [Image Courtesy: CELAC]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff arrived in Havana on Sunday joining other Latin American and Caribbean leaders to attend a two-day summit.

Cuba will host the entire continent of the Americas, except the US and Canada who have not been invited, at the 2nd Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean Community of States (CELAC) to be held on January 28-29.

Rousseff has confirmed that she will be meeting her Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on bilateral ties.

Rousseff will also attend the inauguration of a $900 million port project, Cuba’s first 700-meter quay, which was financed by Brazil’s BNDES development bank and built by Brazilian firm Odebrecht.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly, and Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have reached Havana for the meet.

This year’s summit is on the theme of “The Fight Against Poverty, Hunger And Inequality”.

Cuba will hand over presidency of CELAC at the summit to Costa Rica.

The CELAC, a bloc of 33 countries is home to roughly 600 million people.

CELAC was founded in 2010, a historic moment for Latin America, at the Rio Group-Caribbean Community Unity Summit held in Mexico.

The bloc, the result of a decade-long push for deeper integration within the Americas, seeks to deepen political, economic, social and cultural integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez was the main proponent of CELAC and while hosting the summit in 2011 had said the bloc had to prioritize “unity unity unity”.

 

TBP and Agencies

One Response to Rousseff arrives in Cuba for CELAC meet

  1. Eraldo Marcelo Kopp Reply

    February 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Simply amazing the amount of non-sense coming from the Brazilian government! This country is truly yet living in the 70’s and the fence around the country is nearly visible as far as the financial prospects are concerned! Brazil has a “macho man spirit” where the blind self interests are foremost without regards for others… Some examples are bluntly given such as the crude deposits sold in Colombia, Peru and the aluminum deals with Norway so the gov. made even regarding the hole in the economy! Next month the leaders of BRICS are gathering in Fortaleza Ceara Brazil for a very important reunion where the Soviets wilt try to speak positively of Brazil after an arms sale of 1 BLN USD in rockets for anti-aircraft units… It won’t work! The existing government is not up for the job and the spending is far beyond its means! The Cuban port is directly related with the political party rather than infra-structure projects! Brazilians, for the most part, are very ignorant of politics and the workingS of international presences. The arms sold was simply a detour of the existing socialist party for a win in October despite of the many trifles shown on international tv and media. The world cup is a shame, the constructions projects are lacking and the Olympics are far behind schedule… The future of Brazil is very much in doubt and the infra-structure is highly neglected… The money received from China was mostly spent in junky projects and for the most part stolen! The mensalao projects was discovered because the bRICS are coming in March of 2014 and the money is gone! The new Chinese system is fastly coming and Brazil is not ready for it! Computerized systems are discouraged because of the printing festival of money without limit! Petrobras is long ago bankrupt and the money spent from the behind the scenes is simply obscene…
    A responsible ceo simply should contemplate the moving of the company to China or Africa or perhaps Singapore but other than Brazil! The existing government is expanding itself and 1000’s upon 1000’s of federal workers are being hired without regards for the budget…
    The existing political party is plying dirty and it may win in October sealing the fate of this badly organized system…

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