Evo Morales Highlights Anti-imperialist Character of ALBA

COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA, March 19 (PL). – Bolivian President Evo Morales, stressed today the anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-colonialist of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America, Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP).

At the opening of the third edition of Ministerial Social Council meeting of the mechanism of integration, in Cochabamba (center), the president said that in his country that path leads inevitably towards decolonization.
Morales acknowledged the teaching of the founding countries of ALBA, Cuba and Venezuela, and praised the unreserved cooperation of Havana and Caracas allowing Bolivia to be declared an illiteracy-free territory in December 2008.
He also emphasized that through Operation Miracle, to date 580,000 people, among them Bolivians, Argentines, Peruvians, Paraguayans and Brazilians have recovered their sight.
The statesman also called on the ministers of the social sphere of ALBA to overcome bureaucratic barriers and to advance concrete policies and projects that benefit member nations.
In this regard he mentioned some of the issues that will be discussed at the meeting; like the legalization of university degrees and the teaching of history, with common origins in the struggles of the liberation movements.
He also mentioned the importance of defining the strategy of collaborative communication, and pointed to the creation of a ministry in Bolivia in the industry to impose the truth and counter the crusade to discredit made by the opposition press.
He also called for the migrants in the nations of the ALBA-TCP to have secured employment rights, including pensions.
The statesman proposed in the field of sports, to encourage the implementation of Student Games, in favor of integration and consolidation of the drug industry, away from privatization.
The Social Council of ALBA concluded with the issuance of a final document on projects to be submitted to heads of state, who will meet in April in Caracas.
The Labor Minister of Bolivia, Felix Rojas, who heads that body, welcomed the presence in Cochabamba of representatives of the portfolios of education, health, work, culture, public works and communications, among others.


At the forum, some seven working groups have the support of officials from Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, San Vicente and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda.

Granma Daily



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