Regional integration advances with the CELAC

The ease of land, sea and air transport are part of the progress of the political agenda of countries in the Latin American region to achieve greater integration of their peoples, which are commitments made by the CELAC (Latin American and Caribbean Community).

However, there are still obstacles to break to achieve greater dynamism and opportunities in a region that remains the most unequal in the world and in which more than 147 million people live in poverty.

Thus the importance of achieving greater communication between people and society on issues of regional integration and especially greater political will.

CELAC’s member flags.

CELAC’s member flags.

Given this, the Committee on Regional Integration within the Ministry for Regional Integration Policies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Foreign Ministry, Customs and academics, run an extensive training agenda with different sectors of society in which they have eight courses taught on historical roots and integration processes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This and other issues were part of the discussion group meeting held in Santo Domingo as part of the newspaper Listin Diario on Globalization coordinated by economist Juan Guiliani for this section of Economics with the participation of Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic, Marcelo Puello and Cuban specialists Eliades Acosta Matos with researcher Carlos Rodriguez Almaguer.

Ensuring that the next summit of CELAC, which groups 33 nations, will be held in January 2017, is a very promising step and shows greater integration in the 20 years, since Panama hosted the project.

The region had 550 million people by 2010, covers 20 million square kilometers, has a GDP of $6,000 million, is the largest importer and exporter of food in the world, has the largest reserves of oil and gas in the world and 30% of the freshwater reserves globally, said Rodríguez Almaguer.

They also stressed that the rapprochement and normalization of relations between the US and Cuba removes a sticking point and increases the possibility of the development of multi-national industry and cooperation.

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