Argentina prepares to host VII CELAC Summit on January 24th

Argentina prepares to host VII CELAC Summit on January 24th

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Argentina is preparing to host the 7th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), where the region’s leaders will reaffirm their commitment to unity in diversity.

The Argentine coordinator of this body, Gustavo Martínez, explained that the representatives of the 33 Member States will work to strengthen joint actions and integration, while respecting the specificities of each one, indicates Prensa Latina.

Also undersecretary of state for the South American nation, the meeting, scheduled for the 24th of this month, will highlight the importance of preserving the region as a zone of peace. It will also look at how to strengthen the policy coordination and agreement mechanism.

Similar statements were made by Martín Schapiro, Argentina’s Undersecretary for International Strategic Affairs, when outlining the challenges facing CELAC in Spain.

There he stressed the importance of public policies for economic development: “The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) plays a strategic role in agreeing positions between the countries of the region at the service of development and maintaining autonomy in a context always less predictable rules,” the Argentine government’s website quotes as saying.

This senior official attended a seminar organized by Fundación Carolina and Fundación ICO in Madrid and, during his speech, stressed that the countries of the region must have policies that allow natural resources to be transformed into authentic vectors of the to productive development.

“CELAC is a privileged environment for strategic and concerted action, generating opportunities for productive development from the energy transition,” Schapiro told an audience attended by officials from various Latin American countries, the European Union and the Caribbean; Representatives of civil society organizations and agencies for international cooperation.

Argentina holds the pro tempore presidency today and defended the voice of Latin America and the Caribbean in his administration. Established in 2010, CELAC is an intergovernmental mechanism for dialogue and political agreement.

The organization includes the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, representing more than 600 million people, including Brazilians, whose nation rejoined the organization this month.