Finalizing details for ALBA Summit in Otavalo

QUITO, June 23.—Intense activity reigns today in the Ecuadorian city of Otavalo, where an ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) focusing on indigenous peoples and those of African descent, is scheduled to begin today.

Members of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Foreign Ministry, the Peoples and Municipal Secretariats are fine-tuning preparations and security in the Federico Páez Coliseum, the venue for the opening of the two-day Summit.

The AFP news agency reports that, in the framework of the Otavalo Summit – a city where one group of the indigenous peoples is based –four workshops have been organized for this Thursday on interculturality, racism, climate change, and foreign trade among nations.

“The construction of a plurinational and intercultural state goes beyond ethnicity and brings together diverse sectors of society,” stated Alexandra Ocles, Ecuadorian minister of peoples.

Indigenous peoples and those of African descent “are sectors that have been excluded from all spaces, above all in the political sphere,” she commented to journalists.

In addition, Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca is to speak with Ocles at the summit’s central conference: Analysis of the transition from the colonial state to models of multicultural, intercultural and plurinational states.

There are also plans to establish a council of indigenous peoples and those of African descent that will function within the framework of the ALBA.

A party atmosphere can be felt among the people of Otavalo, as the summit coincides with the traditional annual festivities of Inti Raymi, in which the indigenous peoples pay tribute to the sun with the beginning of the summer solstice and intercede for a good harvest.

Translated by Granma International


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