The 5th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) winds up on Wednesday with its focus on deepening regional integration and economic, social and cultural policies among all its 33 member nations.
In today’s highest-level session, the head of delegations will make their statements and adopt the Political Declaration of Punta Cana and the plan of action of the regional bloc for this year.
The Dominican Republic, which hosts the summit, will pass on to El Salvador the pro-tempore presidency of the organization.
On Tuesday, the summit opened by paying honor to Cuban Leader Fidel Castro as participants kept one minute of silence in the hall. Fidel was a pioneer of the CELAC and maintained firm ideas about the unity of Latin America towards progress, said Dominican President Danilo Medina at the opening ceremony of the event, which was attended by heads of state and government, including Cuban President Raul Castro.
Raul Castro was the first head of state to arrive on Tuesday at Punta Cana’s international airport to participate in the summit, underway at the Barcelo Bavaro Conventions Center in that Dominican locality.
The Cuban President conveyed a message to the Dominican people after having been welcomed by deputy foreign minister Hugo Rivera, who considered it a pride to have the Cuban leader at the event.
“His participation at the CELAC meeting is of top significance, here all the peoples of Latin American and the Caribbean will be together,” said Rivera in statements to the Cuban media.
The Cuban delegation also includes foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez, deputy foreign ministers Abelardo Moreno and Rogelio Sierra, as well as Cuban ambassador to the Dominican Republic Carlos de la Nuez.
CELAC groups all nations in The Americas, except the United States and Canada. Its latest summit was held in Ecuador last year.