The Vice President of the State Council Salvador Valdes Mesa, who headed the Cuban delegation to the 10th Summit of Petrocaribe, thanked the hospitality the delegation of the island received in Jamaica.
Thanks, Jamaica, for hosting us with the same hospitality with which you welcomed Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti and Antonio Maceo, Valdes Mesa said during the meeting of Petrocaribe.
Valdes stated that the founding initiative of Petrocaribe by President Hugo Chavez and other leaders in the region 10 years ago has been consolidated and there are already 19 countries that are part of this model of solidarity and integration.
He emphasized that if all nations do the same that Venezuela with such mechanisms, we would live in a better world.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said that Petrocaribe is part of a historical essay, while acknowledging the efforts of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro in the consolidation of the regional bloc.
Maduro proposed a special action plan for the next 10 years which includes the consolidation of a special economic zone to meet the demands of the Caribbean people.
Another proposal of the Latin American president was the consolidation of the comprehensive energy security, sovereignty and stability of peoples through the creation of a complete, productive and distributive chain to ensure the safe and timely supply to countries in the region.
He also suggested the creation of a social system of comprehensive protection of the Caribbean supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in order to eradicate hunger and the creation of a system of protection against natural disasters in the Caribbean, which would be led by Cuba and Venezuela.
Petrocaribe is an energy cooperation project, based on the principles of fair trade, complementarity, solidarity, social justice and the common will to face asymmetries, serving as a real alternative for the developing countries of the Caribbean to have a safe and reliable access to various energy sources.
Besides Venezuela, main promoter of the project, this integration entity is made up by Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
The Cuban delegation attending the events for the 200th anniversary of the Charter of Jamaica, written by Simon Bolivar, is also made up by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and Alfredo Lopez Valdes, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy and Mines respectively ; Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, and Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, Ambassador of Cuba in Jamaica.