Opening the seminar “Latin America and the Caribbean, the future of integration: unity in diversity” at the Kirchner Cultural Center in the capital, the head of foreign relations emphasized the importance of reflecting on the continent’s present and future.
In addition, he stressed the need for an exchange of views on the current situation of CELAC, the challenges faced by its member countries and the importance of taking a common position in the face of existing challenges. We don’t start from scratch. We are a zone of peace in a world where globalization has ended local wars, he said.
For decades we have resolved our few border conflicts through dialogue and negotiation. We know that only with unity in diversity can we move forward, he added.
We have not resigned ourselves to being the most unequal continent in the world. We have the opportunity to grow and distribute more fairly. We practice consensus between countries of different political persuasions and economies of different sizes. Strengthening CELAC builds, promotes trust and translates agreements into work programs, he said.
Cafiero assured that since the birth of the nations that make up the common geographical space, Latin America and the Caribbean have decided to build unity.
This concern is a constant in our history as a region. The Founding Fathers understood emancipation as a matter of continental proportions, from the Jamaica letter of Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) to the emergence of CELAC in 2011, to name just two milestones of deep integration, he pointed out.
He also highlighted the region’s specificity compared to the rest of the world, its vision of a shared and peaceful destiny and an identity that reflects a symbiosis of cultural diversity and heritage.
Let’s discuss how to deepen cooperation and coordinate the development efforts of industry, knowledge and business. Let’s define how we’re getting closer to equality every day, he said.
The seminar has the participation in person and via digital platforms of the Argentine President Alberto Fernández; his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador; the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley; former President of Uruguay Pepe Mujica and Spaniard José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Also present are the head of the Central American integration system, Vinicio Cerezo; among others, the interim executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mario Cimoli, and the director of the Casa Patria Grande, Matías Capeluto.