ALBA-TCP Political Council closing meeting
The executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America- People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorentti, reading the Declaration of the XVIII ALBA-TCP Summit on the 16th anniversary of its founding, closed the 21st meeting of the Political Council of the regional organization.
“We reaffirm the commitment to our Latin American and Caribbean integration that will enable us to confront together the anxieties of imperialist domination and the growing threats to regional peace and stability”, Llorentti said, reading the report of the meeting that was conducted virtually.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza urged the new U.S. Government “to respect the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance, establish cooperation relations, within the framework of the UN Charter, enable joint work and respect the domestic affairs of our countries”.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Minister for Foreign Affairs, Keisal Melissa Peters urged to strengthen a real commitment to the economic development of the ALBA-TCP member countries. Also, she reaffirmed her country’s commitment to democracy and dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and rejected the blockade imposed by the United States “to destroy the noble ideals of this new form of integration”.
Venezuela receives 500,000 covid-19 vaccines from china
Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez received the first batch of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines donated by China’s government. The batch was transported by a Conviasa aircraft which landed in the La Guaira state at around 11:00 p.m.
The flight also transported 17 tons of health-related material such as masks, bio-security suits, rapid tests, and medical equipment. “We want to thank this cooperation that has allowed Venezuela, in the worst blockade and imperial attack, to protect the health and life of its people”, Rodriguez said.
Venezuela’s oil exports sharply increase in February: data
Oil exports from Venezuela increased remarkably in February, influenced by sales to Asia, the Refinitiv Eikon’s tanker tracking data reported. According to the data quoted by Reuters, the exports surpassed 700,000 barrels per day last month as clients in Asian markets have increased their demand since October when the data indicated about 123,000 barrels per day to 568,200 bpd last month.
Moreover, the organization estimates that production by PDVSA and its joint ventures last month was 35 percent higher than in January, with over 30 cargos shipped, mainly to China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Venezuela to start on-site classes in April
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced that in-person classes will begin in April in compliance with bio-security measures to prevent COVID-19 contagions. The decision comes after a proposal submitted by Education Minister Aristobulo Isturiz. Classes will be held during the days when the COVID-19 quarantine is relaxed.
This month teachers will be included in the vaccination campaign which started immunizing medical personnel on Feb.18 following the arrival of Russian Sputnik V vaccines.
Venezuela to change the 2021 sub-national election calendar
Venezuela’s Parliament agreed to debate a bill that seeks to repeal the law that regulates sub-national bodies’ legislative periods in order to allow modifications of the 2021 electoral chronogram.
The electoral chronogram contemplates the holding of sub-national elections for local assemblies, mayors, and governors’ office posts in 2021. Lawmakers proposed the holding of a joint election which must be decided upon by the National Electoral Council (CNE).
Venezuela and Syria meet to promote economic and trade cooperation
The cooperation is based on equality and reciprocal benefit, so a Syrian-Venezuelan Businessmen Council was created to implement the economic agreements between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The head of the Trade portfolio applauded the meeting and stated that work is being done for the post-pandemic era to recover the national and productive economy.
“We are moving forward to boost national trade, to give a timely response, and improve the national economy, so that this meeting does not remain only in words and that we do our own to minimize the bureaucracy in the process of exporting items”, said the Minister.
Venezuela: Guaido barred from holding public posts for 15 years
Venezuela’s Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso on Tuesday disqualified former lawmaker Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years due to his failure to comply with his legal obligations.
Amoroso stated that the decision is based on Guaido’s refusal to submit assets sworn to him in declaration after ending his functions as a congressman. “We know these people are involved in acts of corruption and have stolen monies of all Venezuelans. They must have something to hide”, he said.