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ALBA Summit Winds up in Havana

Cuba, December 14. - The 8th ALBA Summit wrapped up at the Palacio de Convenciones in the Cuban capital Monday afternoon. The heads of State and high-level represenatives of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Honduras, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda delivered speeches during the final event of the important gathering.

The Summit ended following intensive debates on the achievements and challenges of ALBA, the situation in Honduras under a fascist regime, U.S. military bases in Colombia and climate change.

Cuban President Raul Castro said the 8th ALBA Summit was a tremendous success, coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

Heads of State and governments, foreign ministers and high-level representatives of the nine member countries reviewed programs of the regional organization, including health care, education, energy, trade, food, mining, industry and finances.

ALBA countries will implement as of January 1st the Unique System for Regional Equalization (SUCRE). This will avoid the use of U.S. dollar in trade operations among partners. (Cubaminrex – RHC)

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