GONSALVES CALLS FOR GREATER REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has urged Latin American and Caribbean countries to accelerate the regional integration process amidst the region’s evolving geo-political space.

The Prime Minister reiterated this call while addressing foreign ministers and representatives of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA) A Managua, Nicaragua on Thursday.

ALBA Representatives met in Managua for the 17th Meeting of the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America – Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) to discuss geopolitical issues among the nine-member grouping. The Council reaffirmed its commitment A strengthening solidarity among member countries, while urging governments within the region to consolidate advances in the progress towards integration.

According to Dr. Gonsalves the region must work in a co-ordinated manner to address several issues relating to trade, the movement of people and climate change.

Prime Minister Gonsalves told delegates at the forum that ALBA must focus on specific programmatic elements that are people centred in order to advance the regional integration process.

“I want to reaffirm the point that ALBA is more relevant [now] than ever and we have to strengthen the people-to-people connection within Latin America and the Caribbean by linking and uniting our peoples,” Prime Minister Gonsalves said.

In his support for a stronger push towards deepening the integration process, Dr. Gonsalves noted that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has no visa requirements for ALBA member countries and urged other countries to examine visa restrictions within the regional bloc.

Among the representatives of the ALBA-TCP were the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arriaza, his Bolivian counterpart, Diego Pary Rodriguez, Foreign Minister of El Salvador Carlos Castaneda, Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abelordo Moreno as well as delegates from, Dominica, St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Gonsalves and Senator Carlos James formed the delegation from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

3 Comments

  1. If 1,000 Venezuelan refugees landed on the shores of SVG tonight begging for political and/or economic asylum, the Comrade would send them back home without even considering their claims.
    This same man would call Donald Trump’s promise to turn back similar refugees at America’s southern border wicked and racist.
    Regional integration, my foot.

  2. Why would a Evil and very very wicked government call for the uniting of the socialist and communistic country with the christian island and nation of the Caribbean this will never hold together the iron and clay will fall apart the our Lord God Jehovah has spoken this in his words oh evil man the spiritual battle is real wake up christian!

  3. See these countries and who is the God of their country, nation or maybe there’s to many Gods there is this what is in-store for the christian Caribbean islands, nation so the name of Jehovah and his ways be cut off with your integration oh Evil and wicked man your time will come and this Evil system that you represent and promote under the United Nations will be no more
    Jesus Christ is Lord and God Creator of heaven and earth and everything but is not worship,loved and respected by all that is the difference
    The battle is spiritual wake up christian take your stand!

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